[Solved] SMART “Seek Error Rate” in Seagate HDD and SSD

SMART Seek Error Rate parameter indicates a severe problem with the drive. It may happen due to significant bad sectors, mechanical issues, or overheating and servo damage. Here are some quick tips to prevent the Seek Error Rate and how Stellar Data Recovery Premium software helps in case of any data loss situation.

S.M.A.R.T. is a Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology embedded in hard drives, Solid-State Drives, and eMMC drives. It’s the SMART on the drives that detect and report vital info about a drive’s health and performance status with the help of various sensors in the form of SMART parameters.


When SMART detects a problem with the hard drive, it displays a SMART error warning beside the respective SMART parameter. However, not all SMART errors are indicator of imminent disk failure or cause corruption. But if you see a warning sign beside the Seek Error Rate SMART parameter of your Seagate SSD or HDD, immediately back up your data or clone the drive to avoid permanent data loss situation.

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What is the Seek Error Rate SMART Parameter?

Seek Error Rate is one of the 5 most critical SMART parameters that indicate a problem with the magnetic heads. It may happen due to significant bad sectors, mechanical issues, or overheating and servo damage.

Initial warning beside Seek Error Rate isn’t considered critical. But any further degradation of this SMART parameter can lead to disk corruption and failure.

If you are experiencing the SMART Seek Error Rate error code 0x07 and frequent system crash (BSOD) on your Windows PC, don’t ignore them. Immediately back up your data stored on the drive and replace the affected drive with a new one before the disaster strikes.

If the Seagate hard drive or SSD is external and inaccessible, use Stellar Data Recovery Premium software to inspect and clone the affected disk and get back inaccessible files.

Steps to Fix SMART Seek Error Rate in Seagate Hard Drive and SSD

As Seek Error Rate indicates mechanical and electrical issues, there is no fix other than hardware replacement. But before you replace the hard drive or SSD, you must transfer the data to a safe location. You can either copy each file manually or clone the affected storage drive to the new one by following these steps:

  • Click Clone Disk and connect a new hard drive with the same or larger capacity than the drive with Seek Error Rate error using SATA to USB converter.
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  • From Source Disk drop-down, make sure the affected drive is selected.
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  • In Target Disk, choose the externally connected hard drive.
  • Then simply click ‘Clone’ and then click ‘Start.’
  • After a while, the drive clone process will finish. Then turn off the PC and replace the affected hard drive with the new cloned hard drive.

At this stage, you can use your external Seagate hard drive or SSD normally. If it was an internal Seagate disk, you don’t need to install Windows or setup applications again. Just replace the affected internal drive with the cloned one and boot system normally.

After cloning, you may find that some files are missing, which is normal. Use Stellar Data Recovery Premium’s ‘Data Recovery’ wizard to get back lost files. And use ‘Photo Repair’ and ‘Video Repair’ options to fix unreadable or corrupt images and video files.

How to Prevent Seek Error Rate in Seagate HDD and SSD

Prevention is better than cure. Here are some quick tips to prevent the Seek Error Rate and extend Seagate hard drive or SSD life.

  1. Ensure uninterrupted power supply to the system.
  2. Handle hard disk drive and system carefully.
  3. Prevent drive overheating by keeping adequate ventilation and space between drive(s) and hardware other components.
  4. Optimize Seagate disk by defragmenting and running scheduled CHKDSK scans.
  5. Monitor disk’s critical SMART parameters and health status with SMART drive monitor tool.
  6. Always safely remove the external hard drive, thumb drive, or SSD before unplugging.
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Always consider SMART errors as a severe warning and immediately back up your critical files. Most SMART errors like Seek Error Rate indicate a mechanical failure, and therefore can’t be fixed. However, a few SMART errors can be prevented from reaching the irreparable state, provided you detect them on time.

Drive Monitor helps with active monitoring of hard drive health and prevents data loss by facilitating data recovery and file repair. Without a SMART drive monitor, you would never know the underlying condition of a hard drive, SSD, or the eMMC drive until data corruption, system crash, system slowdown, and data loss problems begin to show up.

Therefore, it’s wise to use a SMART disk monitoring utility and act immediately to recover lost data from a drive – if it turns corrupt or RAW– with the help of Stellar Data Recovery Premium.