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Windows 7: External HDD RAW. How to format it?

06 Aug 2014   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'd be a bit concerned about the drive failing on you again soon, and would recommend to keep anything on it backed up to another location to be safe.

After you format the drive, I'd recommend to do another long test with SeaTools to see if it still passes.


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06 Aug 2014   #12
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Anything one puts on a hard drive to some degree is something that person wants or they wouldn't of put it on the hard drive.
If the problem is off and on and is a electrical problem it could also cause damage to the rest of the system. Short to power or short to ground.

My rule of the thumb is with hard drives.

If in doubt throw it out.
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06 Aug 2014   #13
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I agree with the aforesaid views.

Your experiment and the results obtained are valuable but only if you continue to test the drive periodically with the diagnostic tool on a schedule - say once a week - and post your findings atleast for the next three months with extensive use of the HDD to store some irrelevant data .( Don't store anything that you may not want to lose.).

Let us not be taken away by the mere fact that it appears good now. How long will it be that way, is what matters.
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07 Aug 2014   #14
mofopimp

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

sure thing I wont put anything important on it I have my other drive that failed working 2nd year straight.

Yes, I done a long test , takes 3 hours! It marked all bad sectors, after that it passed it. Lost 3 gigs space after that.
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