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Checking external Drives for errors


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#1 airtas

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:49 PM

I was wondering what the best way to make sure your external drive is functioning as it should?

Also, how much damage is done if your drive loses power abruptly?

Also, why would someone want a larger drive that needs an additional power source compared to a portable drive?

 



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:11 PM

Each disk normally has a manufacturer specific application for health checking, which you should consider before using 3rd party disk analysis software (like CrystalDiskInfo, EASIS etc...)

 

I have lost large volumes on external disks with sudden power offs, but I knew the disks were unhealthy and reaching the end when that happened. Yes it hurts the disk, avoid it. Always eject HDD's correctly! My life is too short to bother doing that with usb flash memory though.

 

Portable HDD - high cost, slower speed but don't need external power  VS  Desktop HDD - low cost, higher speed but need external power.



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 04:26 PM

Each disk normally has a manufacturer specific application for health checking, which you should consider before using 3rd party disk analysis software (like CrystalDiskInfo, EASIS etc...)

 

I have lost large volumes on external disks with sudden power offs, but I knew the disks were unhealthy and reaching the end when that happened. Yes it hurts the disk, avoid it. Always eject HDD's correctly! My life is too short to bother doing that with usb flash memory though.

 

Portable HDD - high cost, slower speed but don't need external power  VS  Desktop HDD - low cost, higher speed but need external power.

Can I run a ChkDSK in windows?



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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:02 PM

http://www.ehow.com/how_6795432_run-chkdsk-external-hard-drive.html






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