Hard Drive Test Programs?

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  1. sml238 macrumors regular

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    ok so i installed my seagate momentus 7200.4 500gb and i love it. but i would like to give it some testing to make sure its working properly and wont fail after some heavy loads like iv heard stories about. does anyone know where i can find something like this? i tried google but couldnt come up with much.

    oh and when i was re installing snow leopard, i had to leave my college to go home in the middle of it so i had to quit it half way and install it when i got home. it installed fine but does anyone know if this could of potentially messed anything up on me?
     
  2. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    You could try AJA System Test to test out your drive under load. I used it to test data transfer rates on my WD Scorpio Blue drive I put in my MacBook.
     
  3. sml238 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok nice. thanks man. ill try it.
     
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    what do i enter into video frame size and file size?
     
  5. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    To be honest I don't really think it matters. I tried all of them and always got the same results for the drive. I think it's capable of running video tests too, but never really looked into it.
     
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    what were your results? mine said like 175 mb/s but this drive is supposed to reach like 875mb/s
     
  7. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    There's no way your drive will ever reach 875 MB/sec. Not even a SSD achieves that. My 5400 rpm drive reached about 65 MB/sec on a SATA 1.5 Gigabit connection. Maybe you are looking at the 3.0 Gigabit connection speed instead of your drives actual throughput speed when expecting the 875 MB/sec.
     
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    ok so my test results are normal for my 7200 rpm drive?
     
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    There is bit (b) and byte(B).
    1B = 8b or 1Byte = 8bit

    You have the same HDD as me, and AJA Koona System Test will give you around 95MB/s, maybe even 105MB/s.

    But most of the time you will not get those top speeds anyway.


    Also the SL Installer is capable of resuming the installation process if it is interrupted, so no worries.
     
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    Yeah those results are normal. That speed though is basically your maximum possible speed which will almost never be achieved in everyday use. Maybe during a long file transfer or something.
     
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    ok thanks guys.

    spinner - today i was on a bus going back to my college and we went over some bumps. my drive was making some pretty hard clunking noises. i obviously know this is the motion sensor but is it normal to clunk pretty hard and loud?
     
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    I don't know if it is clunky, but it is audible.
     
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    well as i was going over bumps my hand was on the palm rest and it felt like something was tapping from inside the case
     
  14. mrwashi macrumors newbie

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    Hey mate also disable the "Put the hard disk(s) to sleep when possible." at the energy saver

    My 7200.4 drive was driving me nuts with the beach ball of death crap whenI was installing cs4 with using terminal to edit hosts file to stop cs4 from accessing the adobe server to see if my photoshop was legit :D

    Anyway that has all but stopped now after unchecking that so its all good now.
     
  15. mrwashi macrumors newbie

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    I'm retracting those comments, my seagate 7200.4 didnt cause the beach ball of death as most web forums point out, it was stupid TRANSMISSION :mad:
     
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    hmm. transmission seems to be a little buggy with snow leopard. sometimes it takes forever to quit and i have to force quit it. you probably had a similar issue.
     
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    It needs that time to quit to write to the downloaded files.

    It may take a minute or two, but it will quit, even if Activity Monitor says the Application is not responding.
     
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    oh i see. sometimes it has froze up on me and i had to force quit it.

    and do you think that clunking when going over big bumps is anything to worry about?
     
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    If it happens periodically, yes.

    I would avoid those big bumps though, as even the SMS might get tired of it.
     
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    the sms? and yeah i couldnt really avoid them as. i didnt see them coming but i guess i should have picked the laptop up
     
  21. mrwashi macrumors newbie

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    It actually killed my other apps as well and made them unstable... and in the end after 6 minutes did not quit it self so I had to force quit :mad:

    I blamed a perfectly good hard drive for no reason :(
     

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