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post #1 of 9
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Hey.

I was just installing my new 2TB WD Green HDD to my computer when I accidentally dropped it with my elbow from my desk, facepalmed and then just installed it hoping there's no damage. It doesn't give any funny sounds though, which is a good sign I think. One corner was a little dented but otherwise it looked just fine. Needless to say I would like to check for errors to see if it really is okay since once I start filling it up I really wouldn't like losing all the data all of sudden. Are there any tools like Memtest86, like a bootable disk or something?

Thanks
Edited by Tuxi - 7/22/11 at 2:09pm
post #2 of 9
Most HDD's can handle up to 200G's so its probably fine... you can use HDTune on it(requires booted into windows)
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post #3 of 9
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Most HDD's can handle up to 200G's so its probably fine... you can use HDTune on it(requires booted into windows)
It was about one meter fall. I'm just upset because I've had lots of these accidents lately. I'm calm when I assemble computers but I think it's the very limited space in which I'm working.
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Could this get any worse than this? I was running the HDD test and while I was at it I accidentally assigned a download to it. Both DL software and the HD Tune froze. I booted the computer up again and it couldn't find the computer and W7 went into somekind of an endless loop. Took off the HDD and everything worked fine. I even tried another sata slot. WTH just happened?
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seems like your drive might be busted after all... i would RMA it...
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It's just odd as it worked fine at first. It's like these are two completely separate problems. Altough I've never heard of this kind of problems with a HDD.
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They aren't separate issues.

Dropping it probably damaged the head or platter or something. HDTune error checks are highly sequential, slowly moving in from the edge of the platter to the center - as soon as you asked it to multitask, it had to seek all over the place, which likely revealed the head/platter damage.

Looks like it's time to RMA it. I advise you to be a bit more careful next time - WD will accept it back no questions asked, but every RMA raises the price on their drives a tiny bit.

Then again, who am I to lecture? I put a big gash in my LCD... ...damn cramped workspaces!
     
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They aren't separate issues.

Dropping it probably damaged the head or platter or something. HDTune error checks are highly sequential, slowly moving in from the edge of the platter to the center - as soon as you asked it to multitask, it had to seek all over the place, which likely revealed the head/platter damage.

Looks like it's time to RMA it. I advise you to be a bit more careful next time - WD will accept it back no questions asked, but every RMA raises the price on their drives a tiny bit.
I hate to RMA stuff I broke myself. This would be the second time I think. But then again it's a big corporation making huge profit and I'm just a puny student low on storage space

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Then again, who am I to lecture? I put a big gash in my LCD... ...damn cramped workspaces!
Seems like I should have a dedicated room for assembling computers. Soft floors so everything I might drop would just bounce back to my hand and ESD protected area (never killed a component by ESD btw.)
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HDtune is what i used to check for damage to my open box 2TB drive.
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