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Old 08-03-2009, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I recently got a 1.5TB external HDD with USB, Firewire 400, and E-Sata.

All is good and I plugged in an E-Sata port. On average I get around 35-50MB/S. Not as fast as I thought it was going to be but ****, faster than USB and Firewire *shrug*.

Anyways, I went to run some tests with SeaTools, and the Long Generic works, but the Long DST takes 10 seconds and says its passes, curious I run WD DLG and find that it says the SMART is failing and will not test using extended (it does just doesnt show what sector it is on).

So, I unplug the E-Sata and pop on the USB and boom, WD DLG and Long DST operates the way they should, and SMART is passing...

Am I right in discovering that to test to see if my HDD is failing I have to unplug my cable of choice and plug a freaking USB into it? Or Firewire I suppose?

Also, I haven't had an external in awhile, but every now and then while transferring alot of data it will vibrate a bit harder for a split second and then continue, it is NOT clicking but almost like a hard vibrate (which prompted the tests).

Thanks guys.

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I'd say there's a controller in between the drive and the ESATA connection which interferes with/replaces some aspects of the drive's operation.
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