I've recently been replacing various dead hard drives in computers around the house, and then it came to my laptop hard drive.
This is a 500gb WD average 2.5 laptop HDD. The drive is getting onld now, the laptop is nearing 4 years old, so it was getting errors as expected.
It wasn't until I looked at the S.M.A.R.T errors with a tool (e.g. StableBit Drive Scanner)
Now I never used the major/harsh power savings that windows has, it was always the normal / power hungry settings I used.
And I'm one of those people who gets really annoying at power leads
destroying the power jack from the lead pulling on the port for ages. I also don't use it on a bed or 'soft furnishings' 'cause it gets hot, and spinning things can't ever be too great being moved around all the time.
The warning appears to indicate that the excessive power savings on a general use laptop has worn out the harddrive within a few years. Here is a similar age HDD from my desktop pc:
This hard drive has had next to none on power savings as my desktop is usually on maximum performance settings.
The stats on this one are all pretty good, with no S.M.A.R.T warnings.
I did try to check 2 other old laptops I had, both HDD's had already died in these (6+ years old these ones)
At some point soon i'll get around to testing some other laptop drives that still work to check the S.M.A.R.T status to see how common it is.
Anyone else experienced these issues?