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    New Hard Drives

    I read a lot in the forums that when people purchase new hard drives they test them to try and rule out failure problems. I'm expecting delivery of a couple of Western Digital Red drives, so what software, preferably free, should I use to test them?

    I have also read about updating the firmware on new drives. I've never done this in the past, so any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks in advance.

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    They're tested before you get them so you're just checking for transport damage. I would always check your smart information to check the age of the drive to see if it's a recert.

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    chocci

    A couple of free ones:1) Crystaldiskinfo - … A couple of free ones:1) Crystaldiskinfo - http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-...2) HD Tune - http://www.hdtune.com/



    ​Thank you. I will take a look at these.

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    bearcat

    ​Thank you. I will take a look at these.



    ​coming from WD so I expect them to be recent models.

    Never had the need to do what you say but why not run checkdsk in Windows once installed
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