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    Post Testing hard drives

    Salutations!

    So I'm going to get a new desktop computer this Christmas but I don't really want to sell or just throw my old one away. It's a Packard bell iMedia 1559 which is six-seven years old. Once it becomes redundant as my main computer I may have another use for it. But to do so I may have to do a little switch-a-rooney with some of it's hardware.

    Over the years (Mainly when I started using it with Windows) I had to do the hard reset quite a lot of times and I'm worried that's damaged the hard drives. So alas my question is how can I test how fast I can read and write to my hard drives (I have several but are partitioned as one)?

    Thanks bye!

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    Re: Testing hard drives

    Disk Utility can benchmark your drives and give you a health report
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    Re: Testing hard drives

    Hi Kodeine.

    'Disk Utility' (already installed) has a benchmark option.

    I read somewhere that after four or five years the chances for a hard drive failure increase significantly. If you are going to keep using your old drive, I would recommend frequent backups.

    Kind Regards.

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    Re: Testing hard drives

    Ah thanks I've had a look at is says it's all healthy. Although the capacity is rather low so I think I'm going to change it regardless. Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Testing hard drives

    No problem, glad to help.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kodeine View Post
    Ah thanks I've had a look at is says it's all healthy. Although the capacity is rather low so I think I'm going to change it regardless. Thanks for the help.
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