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Windows 7: Surface test on SSD

05 Oct 2013   #1

w7 ult 32 and w7 hp 64 X 2
 
 
Surface test on SSD

One of the options with Mini Tool Partition Wizard is the hdd surface test. I use this to check for bad sectors and it is useful to have a bit of warning of impending disaster. The pc that I am using at the moment has a WD RE4 which is not perfect. There was an error in a block which I "repaired?" using Windows error checking and it no longer shows in the surface test. I run Crystal Diskinfo regularly which also shows ok now when it didn't before. Would it be wise to run the surface test on an SSD?

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05 Oct 2013   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

No surface to test on a SSD. Having one bad sector does not mean the HDD well fail soon. Check the disk with Hard Disk Sentinel, better reporting.
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06 Oct 2013   #3

w7 ult 32 and w7 hp 64 X 2
 
 

Thanks for the info, I was not sure about ssd testing and will try out your recommendations. As for the RE4, as it is the only drive on my Win 7 Ult in conjunction with a Sandisk Readycache. I like to check it in case any more faults show up. Some people would not chance such a hdd as a boot drive.
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06 Oct 2013   #4

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

If you start to see sector errors or write errors then you should replace the drive asap.

There is a lot of statistical information from SMART on HDD failure rates. It shows a random sector error does not increase the likelihood of failure. When you start to see 2-3 or more is when you have a dieing HDD.

The program Hard Disk Sentinel gives excellent reporting on this and the HDS forum discusses this in length.
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