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I have a WD 500gb external HDD and the past few days it seems to have slowed down significantly. Even clicking on files in drive to change name is going slow. There are no noises or anything, but I don't want to chance it.

Basically, something that took 10-15 seconds to transfer, now takes close to a min.

Is there a way to check a drive to see if it is going bad? I pretty sure there is, but what is the best method for an external drive? Preferably free.
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Defragment your Hard Drive. Hard Drive analyzer (Not exact name, a search in google will help out). How long have you had your hard drive.

How full is your hard drive now? The fuller the hard drive is, the more it slows down because;

A hard drive writes data from the centre of the platters to the outside because it is quicker to access the data in
the centre.
    
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Originally Posted by Danylu View Post
A hard drive writes data from the centre of the platters to the outside because it is quicker to access the data in
the centre.
No, its the opposite. The outside spins both spins faster and has a higher data density. In fact, old hard drives used to use the center of the platter as an LZ (Landing Zone) for the heads while it was turned off.


Anyway, about the drive...

Have you tried it in a different computer? Different USB port?

Have you tried removing the actual drive from the enclosure and using it internally? It may be the SATA controller in there that is faulty, not the actual drive.

Also, download HDTune and check up on the SMART statistics of the drive, see if all of that is ok at least.
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No, its the opposite. The outside spins both spins faster and has a higher data density.



Anyway, about the drive...

Have you tried it in a different computer? Different USB port?

Have you tried removing the actual drive from the enclosure and using it internally?

Anyway, you can download HDTune and check up on the SMART statistics of the drive, see if all of that is ok at least.
My bad... I knew it was one way or the other... just didn't know which way.
    
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Does WD have some useful diagnostic tools on their website?

I'm sure they do, its worth a look.
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Does WD have some useful diagnostic tools on their website?

I'm sure they do, its worth a look.
I'm not sure if its ON the website but when I bought mine it came with a hard drive diagnostics program.
    
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