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Windows 7: Does Windows have a similar program like OS X's DiskTester?

06 Sep 2012   #11
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Could someone give us a idea how long a check disk on 4 Tigs would take at 7400 rpm.


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06 Sep 2012   #12
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Could someone give us a idea how long a check disk on 4 Tigs would take at 7400 rpm.
The figures I have seen are about an hour for each 300 GB--so roughly 13 hours.

But I'd be interested in an exact figure on a drive that large as well.
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06 Sep 2012   #13
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Does a good CPU/RAM influence checkdisk speed? I think it should.

Still, even if it's at best an eyeballed estimate for other hardware, I'd like to know how it goes as well.
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06 Sep 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Does a good CPU/RAM influence checkdisk speed? I think it should.
I'm sure it plays some part in the overall time, but probably not as much as interface and controller speed. I'm sure a new Ivy Bridge system would check a disk faster than an older Celeron system, but I don't think the times would vary more than 25% or so, though.
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06 Sep 2012   #15
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I also wonder if running a hard drive constantly for that long would cause a heat problem. In normal use a hard drive is accessed as needed.
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06 Sep 2012   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

A spinner drive will spin 24/7 unless the power options are set to turn it off after a period or the PC is powered off. In my own experience my HDDs never rose above 40C which is good, 50C is max for most.
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07 Sep 2012   #17
0pTicaL

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
H2testw is the program you are looking for. It simply writes its own files to the memory device until it is completely full and then reads back that data again to see if stuff got lost, and can be looped and keep reading data forever if you want to keep running it for a while. If stuff does not get lost your drive is ok. (if stuff gets lost the program gives you a warning, also tells you write and read speeds)

It's the most common software used to test for USB flash drive scams (pendrives that lie to the OS about their capacity so they can be sold for more money), but it's pretty simple and works on any drive really.

If that's an internal drive it should be relatively fast, but 4 TB is a pretty hefty quantity of space to test. Likely doable if you run it overnight.

Thanks bobafetthotmail, that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Each drive manufacturer comes with a testing utility, so for the best results, that's what I would use.
Yeah, Hitachi has their Drive Fitness Test but their test can only be run during boot.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
A spinner drive will spin 24/7 unless the power options are set to turn it off after a period or the PC is powered off. In my own experience my HDDs never rose above 40C which is good, 50C is max for most.
I have the Hitachi 7K4000, it gets pretty hot without active cooling, I used a thermometer to measure the external temperature when I was transferring a TB over and temps rose to around ~41C. Under active cooling temps never went above 32C.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Could someone give us a idea how long a check disk on 4 Tigs would take at 7400 rpm.
I recorded the time when I started the full format to the time it ended and it came out to be 11hrs 17mins, I think that will give you a rough estimate on how long chkdsk will take to finish on a 4TB drive.

Does chkdsk run slower or faster than a full format?
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07 Sep 2012   #18
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 0pTicaL View Post
Thanks bobafetthotmail, that's exactly what I'm looking for.
Just a little detail, when you are done with it the drive is still filled of its test files. Those can be deleted without any fear.
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