Testing HDDs for reliability/functionality and anticipating/preventing failures?

By Deviouz ยท 4 replies
Oct 4, 2010
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  1. I got 3 new WD HDD's - 2x 1TB Black HDD's + 600GB V.Rator - All SATA HDD's
    Anyone know what the best apps or methods are to test my new HDD's to see if they will be reliable & functional for a while..??

    what kinda tests can/should I perform on them to make sure everything is working ok and that there are no bad sectors or impending failures..??
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Western Digital has a utility that can scan the drive for defects but outside of that and maybe checking the SMART logs, I don't think there's much you can do to foresee future failures. I prefer to keep my drives actively cooled and so far it seems to have kept them all working over the years.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,177   +990

    get a copy of Everest Home; it has the S.M.A.R.T. reporting facility
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Re: SMART reporting and disk health

    Checkout CrystalDiskInfo for IMO one of the simplest, easiest and user-friendly SMART and general disk health "at a glance" reporting tools

  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    You could get Seatools too, and periodically do the long Drive Self Test. Takes quite a while.

    But like JMMD said, there isn't much you can do, they just die sometimes. Best to have important data continually backed up rather than hoping for early detection.

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