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

S.M.A.R.T. is a Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology embedded in hard drives, Solid-State Drives, and eMMC drives. The S.M.A.R.T. detects and reports vital info about a drive with the help of various sensors that indicate the current drive condition in the form of SMART parameters.


Also, most SMART errors are an indicator of imminent disk failure. These errors help users protect their data before the drive fails or gets corrupt. Thus, it helps in data loss prevention, but only if you actively monitor the SMART disk data.

What is Seek Error Rate SMART Parameter?

There are several SMART parameters, with each addressing a specific drive issue. For instance, ‘Reallocated sector count’ value—a critical SMART parameter— indicates the severity of bad sectors on the drive. If the value reaches a critical level, the drive may fail, or data stored on the drive may begin to get corrupt.

Similar to Reallocated Sector Count, Seek Error Rate is also a vital SMART parameter that must be taken care. If you have experienced the SMART Seek Error Rate error code 0x07 on your Windows PC, backup your drive immediately.

Also, check the data integrity of hard disk and if it’s corrupt or inaccessible, use Stellar Data Recovery Premium software to recover the lost files and inaccessible data due to Seek Error Rate SMART parameter error. The software also repairs corrupt photo and video files.

How to Fix SMART Seek Error Rate in Seagate HDD and SSD

The Seek Error Rate SMART parameter indicates a failure in the actuator head positioning, a damaged servomotor, or thermal winding of hard disk. In simple words, there is no permanent fix for the SMART Seek Error Rate.

The Seek Error Rate indicates mechanical issues and needs hardware repair which is neither feasible nor recommended. In such a case, you should immediately backup data, as mentioned earlier. And here’s how you can do that:

Clone Hard Drive having Seek Error Rate Issue

  • Run Stellar Data Recovery Premium software and click Monitor Drive.
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  • Click Clone Disk and connect a new hard drive with a same or larger capacity than the drive with Seek Error Rate error using SATA to USB converter.
  • From Source Disk drop down, make sure the affected drive is selected.
  • In Target Disk, choose the externally connected hard drive.
  • Then simply click ‘Clone.’
  • After a while, the drive clone process will finish post which, you can turn off the PC and replace the affected hard drive with the externally cloned hard drive.

Use your PC normally as you don’t need to install Windows or setup applications again. However, there are chances that you may not find a few files or they may turn out to be corrupt. In such case, use Stellar Data Recovery Premium’s ‘Data Recovery’ wizard to get back lost files and use ‘Photo Repair’ and ‘Video Repair’ tool to fix corruption in images and videos.

How to Prevent Seek Error Rate S.M.A.R.T. error

1. Ensure uninterrupted power supply – Use UPS or Inverter as power backup. This will prevent drive corruption or mechanical issue that may occur due to sudden power failure or power surges.

2. Handle Drive and System Carefully – Storage media especially hard drive are fragile and may get damaged due to sudden shock or minor drop.

3. Prevent Drive Overheating – Ensure an unobstructed airflow around the hard drive bay area. Also, make sure there’s adequate spacing between the two hard drives or between the drive and other components to keep it cool. Also, use Drive Monitor to actively monitor the drive temperature and health status including SMART data.

4. Safely Remove Hard Drive before Unplugging – Always eject the drive from the Windows File Explorer before unplugging the drive. You can also safely remove the hard drive from the System tray.

Fix Seek Error


Always consider SMART errors as a serious 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 in time.

Drive Monitor helps with active monitoring of hard drive health and prevents data loss by facilitating data recovery and file repair. Without 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 data from a drive – if it turns corrupt or RAW – with the help of Stellar Data Recovery Premium.