Good, free hard drive test utilities for Win 7?

Discussion in 'Memory and Storage' started by Charles Kozierok, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Charles Kozierok

    Charles Kozierok Elite Member

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    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?

    Thanks.
     
  2. razel

    razel Golden Member

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    WD Diagnosis
     
  3. Charles Kozierok

    Charles Kozierok Elite Member

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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.

    Thanks.
     
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    iluvdeal Golden Member

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    It'll work on it. A platter drive is a platter drive.
     
  5. Charles Kozierok

    Charles Kozierok Elite Member

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    I thought so too, I'm just a bit paranoid. :) I'll give it a shot. Thanks.
     
  6. Charles Kozierok

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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.
     
  7. razel

    razel Golden Member

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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.

    Best of luck.
     
  8. Charles Kozierok

    Charles Kozierok Elite Member

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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.

    Thanks.