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Old 11-09-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default Good, free hard drive test utilities for Win 7?

Hey all,

Just installed a WD Red 3 TB drive and would like to test it thoroughly before I start using it. There's the error scan built into Windows, but that's pretty basic. HD Tune is out there, but it costs $ and I probably won't need it after this. Any other thoughts?

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:07 PM   #2
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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Their tool is Data Lifeguard, and it's not shown as a download option for the Red drives, so I suspect a compatibility issue of some kind.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:46 PM   #4
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Their tool is Data Lifeguard, and it's not shown as a download option for the Red drives, so I suspect a compatibility issue of some kind.

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It'll work on it. A platter drive is a platter drive.
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I thought so too, I'm just a bit paranoid. I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
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Hmm, the Quick Test keeps hanging at 90%. No errors, but it estimates two minutes and isn't done after ten.

Trying the Extended Test, but that looks to take 20 hours... lol.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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3TB is 3,000,000 MB. Your drive will start off at faster than 100MB/s+ then drop off to about 50MB at the end of the drive. So let's average that at 75MB. So 3,000,000 / 75 = 11+ hours. Again, that is a rough estimate, but at least have an idea of when it'll end. Between 11 to 20 hours.

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I ended up cloning the old drive to the new and then rebooting a couple of times and the quick test is working now.

Going to run the HD Tune sector test over the next day or two.

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