Hard Drive About To Go Kaput?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by andym172, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. andym172 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2003
    The HD in my Mac Pro is slow and pretty noisy leading me to think that it may be about to meet its maker - well, more accurately, the bin :)

    Is there any software available to test the health of a HD?

    The spec's of my HD are:

    Capacity: 232.89 GB
    Model: ST3250824AS P
    Revision: 3.BQH

    If I were to replace it (possibly with a 500GB HD), which model would people recommend? I work in Aperture & CS2 a lot.
  2. volvoben macrumors 6502

    Feb 7, 2007
    nowhere fast
    It seems a bit soon for a Mac Pro HDD to be headed south...

    You should check the S.M.A.R.T. status (a health check all modern HDDs have built in). You can do this in Disk Utility, select the HDD and its status will be on the bottom I believe. This is no guarantee about the health of your drive, but it's a start. Any sound that's not regular spinning (almost silent) or reading is a bad sign, but lots of reading could just mean a background process is underway (spotlight, any number of other things). check activity monitor for disk usage, it'll tell you if it's being used or not.

    500gb seems to be the price/capacity sweet spot currently, I like my WD500 SE series drive, but any WD or Seagate drive should be fine, same with maxtor samsung etc, I just haven't used them much.

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