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Any way to test health of hard drive? 8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man
    I have used WD Black drives for years and they are the only ones I know about that still have a 5 year warranty.
    Oh? A quick Google looks shows Seagate still has several drive models with 5 year warranties. And so does WD as seen here, including some Red, Raptors, and externals, as well as Blacks.

    Samsung even have some with 7 year warranties (though Samsung drives are now made by Seagate).

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    most computer company's use the cheapest drive they can buy,for entry level computer ,the more you pay for your computer the better drive they will use ,im sure
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    most computer company's use the cheapest drive they can buy
    Yet another reason to build your own, or find a trusted local builder to custom build one for you.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by Itaregid View Post
    @Pittguy578 - You could just be having a bad luck streak with drives, but note (if unlucky) even a single sudden loss of power can corrupt a hard drive. If you have had several power outages, or if your power supply is a bit unstable, these problems may persist. You might consider swapping in a known good PSU.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs
    You can also run a chkdsk /f /r
    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack
    chkdsk /f /r in Command Prompt.

    the f=fix. the r= repair
    Sorry guys but there is some confusion here. You don't need to use /f with /r because /r "implies" (already includes) /f.

    In other words, all you need is chkdsk /r and chkdsk will attempt to fix any error AND recover any readable information on that drive, just as if you used chkdsk /r /f.

    Also, please note /r is for "recover" not repair and this is why /r includes /f - the drive cannot recover any data without first attempting to fix the error at that location.

    To verify this yourselves, use the common DOS /? switch. Open a command prompt and enter chkdsk /?. There you will see examples of all the syntax options, and their descriptions. Note if you know your drive was formatted using the NTFS file system, you could use chkdsk /b and this will "imply" (include) /r which already implies /f.
    Got it. I do have a brand new power supply. A 750 watt Antec nearly a year old . I build my own systems. I like to tinker.

    I think the main "shut downs " have been my fault like bumping the power cord the other night or my son hitting the power button. He is 20 months old.. Not sure how to prevent him from doing that .. Maybe put duct tape over the button ?I have a large steel case .

    I should have qualified the previous rma before I got this second drive . It was due to the drive falling out of the cage so it was my fault . Can't believe they sent me a new one , but I wasn't going to argue. I had no major issues with it until literally the other night . Unsure if it had bad sectors before that ..

    I know you said a single power outage could cause a corruption and I understand that .. But in terms of corruption do you mean permanent damage ie bad sectors or something that can be fixed with a refresh ?
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    He is 20 months old.. Not sure how to prevent him from doing that ..
    Look in your BIOS Setup Menu. Typically you can configure the action of the power button so you have to press and hold the power button for 4 seconds before it will actually shut down.

    I know you said a single power outage could cause a corruption and I understand that .. But in terms of corruption do you mean permanent damage ie bad sectors or something that can be fixed with a refresh ?
    It is rare for it be permanent but it is not unheard of.
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    You guys are right. /f /r is just an old habit. It does not hurt anything but as you said, the /f is superfluous.
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    You guys are right. /f /r is just an old habit.
    And that is common so don't feel alone. With XP and before, /r did not include /f.
    It does not hurt anything but as you said, the /f is superfluous.
    Right. No harm is done but I still generally mention it, if for no other reason than to remind folks /? works for a lot of DOS commands. And that what we knew and did with XP is probably no longer true with current Windows.
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    Use help in lieu of /?
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    Yeah, you can use help chkdsk for example and get the same screen as chkdsk /?.
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    I am back. I found one of my old external 1TB hard drives. Tested and working fine.
    Can a drive be "Too damaged" to clone?

    I have Acronis True Image installed on my 250 Seagate (the old backup that is working fine). I have the bad drive as the "D" drive. I have the external USB as the I drive. I have tried to use Acronis 3 times. It keeps telling me that the clone has failed. Any idea what to do?
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