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Hello all,

I recently bought an external Samsung 3TB hard drive. Before I put data on it, I would like to check that the drive is in good health. I tried to run HD Tune 2.55 on the drive but the results were not what I expected.

1.) It only found a 375GB partition on the drive. I'm not sure if this is due to the software that came pre-installed on the hard drive or not. When I explore the hard drive, it does show 2.72TB available.

2.) I cannot run the benchmark on the drive. I get this error message:

Read Error!
Test Aborted.

3.) I went to the Error scan tab and tried a quick and long scan as well. All blocks are red.



Our of curiosity, I decided to make a copy of an ~18GB folder on my server to the Samsung drive. Looks like it will take about an hour to complete. I guess I'll find out if it was successful then but I'm still curious as to the overall health of the drive before I start moving hundreds of GBs to it. Has anyone encountered this before? Is there a better hard drive utility out now? I think HD Tune is pretty old but I've always used it.
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First thing I do with any new drive is to zero write it (normally I just use diskpart with the "clean all" command), in addition to clearing all data off the drive, this should reveal most errors. Afterwards, check with a SMART utility for reallocated sectors or any other pending signs of failure.

Also, it's almost always better to buy a drive and put it in an external enclosure than it is to buy the preassembled external hard drive, unless you get an exceptionally good deal.

Regarding HDTune, I would not expect the results you are getting on a healthy drive, but depending on the drive and interface, they may not be accurate.

An 18GB transfer should not take an hour unless you are on USB 2.0, or are pulling files from a slow network.
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First thing I do with any new drive is to zero write it (normally I just use diskpart with the "clean all" command), in addition to clearing all data off the drive, this should reveal most errors. Afterwards, check with a SMART utility for reallocated sectors or any other pending signs of failure.

Also, it's almost always better to buy a drive and put it in an external enclosure than it is to buy the preassembled external hard drive, unless you get an exceptionally good deal.

Regarding HDTune, I would not expect the results you are getting on a healthy drive, but depending on the drive and interface, they may not be accurate.

An 18GB transfer should not take an hour unless you are on USB 2.0, or are pulling files from a slow network.

I bought this off of new egg for 99$ shipped, seemed like a decent deal. The drive packaging seemed okay to me.

The file transfer was successful as far as I can tell. I ran the seatools quick scan and the drive seems to be okay. The long scan is still running now from a few hours ago.

The transfer was over a slow N network and usb 2.0 connected.
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