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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 03:08 AM - Thread Starter
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Hard-disk integrity after being dropped

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Today my back up hard-disks have all fallen from their shelf. They weren't powered. They might have been protected enough at least most of them, but how can I make sure of their integrity? I I'd like to know if all the data is still in there and if I can continue to use the disks.

Now they don't make any noise, I was able to read some files on them but I obviously can't check each file manually.

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You can try doing a health scan with HDTUNE. It will tell you if there are some bad blocks.

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were they dropped bare or with enclosure?


doubt it'll survive if bare

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If they spin up and can be read at all likely they are fine. Head misalignment would result in no function at all.

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@ Redwoodz "If they spin up and can be read at all likely they are fine. Head misalignment would result in no function at all. "
They spin and I could read the files I tried to read, no strange noise. So does it mean there is not even a need for a health scan with HDTUNE as suggested by Ctekcop ?

@ TK421 : They were all in small corrugated fiberboard boxes, with bubble-wrapped around them.
But some of them had, instead of bubble-wrap, only a thin foam panel on top and bottom, so their sides were only protected by a quite thin layer of corrugated fiberboard.

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If you drop a drive you automatically reduce its integrity. Personally, if I drop a drive, I got out and buy a new one, make a copy and keep the old one as a backup. Never trust a drive that has been abused.
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If you drop a drive you automatically reduce its integrity. Personally, if I drop a drive, I got out and buy a new one, make a copy and keep the old one as a backup. Never trust a drive that has been abused.
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Oh yes I mean if it spins up THEN copy all your data and move to another drive.

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Yes but all my back-up disks fell at once, all four of them, to replace them is a lot of money. That's why I'm wondering if there is a way to be really sure that the drives and their content weren't compromised. If not I will buy new ones.
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