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Any way to test health of hard drive? 8.1

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    Any way to test health of hard drive? 8.1


    Is there any way for me to test the health of a hard drive?

    Here is the situation. I originally had a very old 250 GB Seagate drive that served as my primary drive for a long time. Never had any issues with it. I wanted a little more space so I purchased a 1 TB Western Digital Drive and used Acronis to set it up as my primary drive and put the old Seagate in a case so I have a "backup". It seems like every 6 months or so something happens where I need to put my old drive back in and then reclone it to the 1TB drive. This past time I simply bumped the power cord on the tower when grabbing something and it turned off the computer. Turned it back on and it was super slow and had major performance issues. Did a sfc /scannow. Fixed a few things. Tried to do a disk defragment and then it said I had errors so I went and restarted and it said it fixed the issues, but then later it happened again. Finally got frustrated and put the old 250 GB one back in so I would have a functional computer. Didn't clone it to the 1TB drive yet since had no time, and I wanted to work on it to see if I could get it "fixed" as I had more stuff on that drive, but nothing life changing. Is there any way I could test the drive to see if there is something inherently wrong with the drive as opposed to "normal wear/tear my mistakes like bumping the power cord? I could get a new drive if there is something actually mechanically wrong with it.

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    You can also run a chkdsk /f /r in Command Prompt. Be aware that this can take quite a while on such a big disk. Just minimize the command prompt window and go on doing other work.

    If you have several drives, you have to add X: to the command where X is the letter of the drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Totally random question...would I be able to error check/fix errors on the "bad drive" while I am using the old drive as my primary? i was going to use the Windows error checker..is the WD utility better?
    Last edited by Pittguy578; 31 Dec 2014 at 13:57.
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    Totally random question...would I be able to error check/fix errors on the "bad drive" while I am using the old drive as my primary?[/QUOTE]

    The second drive is an external usb drive.. if that helps your query. It can be tested by selecting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Totally random question...would I be able to error check/fix errors on the "bad drive" while I am using the old drive as my primary?
    The second drive is an external usb drive.. if that helps your query. It can be tested by selecting it.

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    Got it. I guess the question was phrased poorly..since it is not the primary drive the "errors" can be repaired without having to reboot the system and have it done at startup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pittguy578 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Totally random question...would I be able to error check/fix errors on the "bad drive" while I am using the old drive as my primary? i was going to use the Windows error checker..is the WD utility better?
    as post above .
    chkdsk /f /r in Command Prompt.

    the f=fix. the r= repair
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    Whats good about the WD Diagnostics and it finds a problem you can use that information to get a RMA from WD

    Jim
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    Ran the Western Digital diagnostics .. Too many bad sectors . Drive is literally about a year old. I had RMAd the first one last January and they sent me a new one. Can't believe this. Two bad drives from them
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    Pittguy578

    Both are good tools, but you can ascertain that there is a physical problem with the diagnostic tool quicker. You can infer from consistent data corruption occurring via chkdsk /r /f that something is wrong with the drive but it could also be an OS problem so you have two variables to worry about instead of one with the. diagnostic.
    Last edited by stringjunky; 31 Dec 2014 at 18:28.
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