Jump to content


 


Register a free account to unlock additional features at BleepingComputer.com
Welcome to BleepingComputer, a free community where people like yourself come together to discuss and learn how to use their computers. Using the site is easy and fun. As a guest, you can browse and view the various discussions in the forums, but can not create a new topic or reply to an existing one unless you are logged in. Other benefits of registering an account are subscribing to topics and forums, creating a blog, and having no ads shown anywhere on the site.


Click here to Register a free account now! or read our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Photo

Regular maintenance and error checking on external backup drives?


  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 gx240

gx240

  • Members
  • 13 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Local time:03:33 AM

Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:57 PM

I'm running a Windows 8.1 system and using a few external USB hard drives for backup purposes. Is just running the occasional chkdsk /f enough to catch most potential problems, or should I be using /r routinely to check for bad sectors?
 
Is there anything else that should be run regularly to ensure the health of both the file system (NTFS) and the physical components of the drive itself? Are there any particular SMART tools I should be checking (CrystalDiskInfo, etc)? What SMART metrics should I be paying particular attention to? I'm just wondering about looking for early potential warning signs of drive failure.
 


BC AdBot (Login to Remove)

 


#2 Kilroy

Kilroy

  • BC Advisor
  • 3,335 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Launderdale, MN
  • Local time:04:33 AM

Posted 10 January 2018 - 12:30 PM

Odds are when you connect the drive one day it will suddenly fail without giving any advanced notice.

 

I would only recommend running chkdsk if you're having issues with the drive.  If issues are identified, back up your data and replace the drive.  The same applies if you connect the drive and receive a SMART error.



#3 britechguy

britechguy

    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt


  • Moderator
  • 7,515 posts
  • OFFLINE
  •  
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Staunton, VA
  • Local time:05:33 AM

Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:05 PM

I never do much checking (or any checking, really) on the health of USB external HDDs.

 

My experience is that they will either do as Kilroy has noted, or they will give you plenty of advance notice that something is up and then at some point have a sudden death.

 

Mine are all backup drives for material that exists elsewhere.  So long as the initial copy exists, if the backup drive dies all I need to do is to get a new backup drive and redo the backup as promptly as possible.   The possibility of my primary data source and my backup drive failing simultaneously is so remote that I do not concern myself with it.  If something's ultra, ultra important you should have at least two backups of it, with one stored either on the cloud or at a site remote from the source in case of disaster.


Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

 

     In a modern society where everyone thinks their opinion deserves to be heard nothing annoys me more than individuals who mistake their personal preferences for fact.

         ~ Commenter TheCruyffGurn on the The Guardian website, 8/13/2014

 

              

 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users