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I have had this one hard drive for a long time now, maybe a year and a half and when i first got it i used for the os. Then i got another one and ran games off of it and then i got into computers and brought myself a nice one and used it to still run games off of it and store apps and pics. Latly i have been noticing that i cant run games from it anymore because they freeze and they run fine from other drives. The other day windows gave me a hard drive failure warning and the hard drive was not accesible through my computer. Now its fine again but what the best hard drive diagnostics tool?
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I had a WD Caviar 15 GB! and it did the same thing for month or two then just stopped working and this was the primary drive well the only one at the time on an old Compaq.
    
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Well obviously if you have anything of any importance on the drive then you should stop useing it immediatly, untill you can get all of the information off of the drive. If you want to diognose it then the best tools to use would be the tools from the manufacture. Since you have a WD, you should use the lifegaurd tools.

http://support.wdc.com/download/

You can access the drives S.M.A.R.T info with a program like speedfan to tell you if any of the drives tolerances are out of whack. Either way, if your HD is failing, you shouldn't use it anymore.

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