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Windows 7: Can I Use My PC While - WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics is Running ?

08 Dec 2018   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Can I Use My PC While - WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics is Running ?

I would not even think about trying to use my machine if it were one of the internal disks.

I have a completely wiped/formatted 2TB WD HDD in an external enclosure (USB 3.0) that I would like to run WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics on.

Seeing as this will probably take forever --- these things always do for me ---, can I use my machine for other tasks while WD DLD is doing it's thing on the external HDD ?

Thanks for reading and all help is appreciated.


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09 Dec 2018   #2
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

As long as you run the scan from windows and don't try to use the usb drive at all during the scan you should be alright. I can't speak to performance because I'm not familiar with the program and you didn't post your specs.
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09 Dec 2018   #3
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by townsbg View Post
As long as you run the scan from windows and don't try to use the usb drive at all during the scan you should be alright. I can't speak to performance because I'm not familiar with the program and you didn't post your specs.
Thanks.
As I expected, the task took some time; Extended Test 6hr 1min 29sec.
This was for a WD Caviar Green 2TB wiped, formatted, and blank.
I would be curious to know how long it would have taken had the disk been about 90% full of files.

I did do a bit of internet browsing during the test.

The results said PASS and no mention was made of finding any problems.
This was my first experience with WD DLD; I am assuming had there been any bad sectors or problems otherwise that it would have made mention of them; all it said was Pass.
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10 Dec 2018   #4
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1
 
 

Hard drive consumption probably wouldn't matter too much although fragmentation might. The biggest factors for scanning or formatting a hard drive are speed (revolutions per minute) and size. Obviously a larger hard drive would take longer than a smaller one but one running at say 5400 RPM would take longer than one running at 7200. It's not the data that's being scanned. Trying to access the data would have an impact because the program's trying to scan the hard drive while windows is trying to access the data. That's why scanning the OS drive needs to be done outside of windows.
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10 Dec 2018   #5
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the info; it is much appreciated.
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