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How can I tell how old my hard drives are?


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#1 lostsoul65

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 09:48 AM

Can I find out how old my hard drives are without tearing my computer apart?



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Posted 24 May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Speccy will give you that and more like how many times you have booted the computer and hours of use using the hdd.

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 01:11 PM

Speccy won't tell you when the drive was made...but it will show how many days of use have been recorded on the drive.

 

Look at the Storage detail, then the drive detail.  "Power On Time" will reflect the number of days usage.

 

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Posted 24 May 2015 - 01:16 PM

I downloaded Speccy and took a look, it give a lot of Information, Thanks.



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Posted 25 May 2015 - 11:33 AM

Most hard drives also have the date printed right on them.  For most brands this is pretty straight forward, though Seagate uses a date code system that's slightly more cryptic.  It's as follows: First two digits = year, second two digits = week of year number, last digit = day of week.  So a date code of 12433 would be made in 2012 on the 43 week of the year, on the third day of the week (Wednesday).  So it's slightly harder to figure out the exact day.






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