Backup Routine for Photos, & Sudden Hard Drive Failure

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
larrytusaz
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Found Diagnostics Tools on Another WD Hard Drive
In reply to kelpdiver, Jul 26, 2013

I went to checking around on an old Western Digital 500G external hard drive I still use (it holds my MP3s and software mostly) and found the older present of WD_Mac_Tools\WD_Windows_Tools\Diagnostics. Underneath there it had a diagnostics program I was able to install. It apparently performs disk checks, quick-ones and extended ones, and it does mention SMART as well (it shows if a given hard drive is "SMART compatible" or the like).

So maybe I already have some hard drive "health" checking software on-hand for keeping up-to-date with how the hard drives are doing?

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