thanks pfeffer, i’ll keep that in mind.
at the moment, i had some other usb issues so thought to try the Sata adaptor straight to the computers USB, and managed to like that connection
its been running that westerndigital drive utility (since its a WD15eads drive) for almost the past 23 hours… bit by bit, sector by sector - “as far as i know”, that WDDL tool tests each sector thouroughly and reads/writes/verifies etc
its taking a log time to check it out, and with 7 drives i need to test in this way (its almost 2 days per drive (with sleep overlaps and work overlaps etc) if im lucky, i’ll get through all 7 drives in around 17 days LOL - so i think im ok so far with this tool - but thank you for all suggestions they are always welcome :)[hr]
btw here is some of the information on the utility - it seems to have a ZERO writing feature too.
(i think i’ll get through all 7 drives first, and then might try that out with one of the drives as a test)[hr]
For most computers, the WinDlg Extended Test takes anywhere from 30 minutes to many
hours to test one drive. Larger drives take longer to test. The performance of the
computer also affects the test time. If a bad sector is detected under Win9x/Me
environments, the test may stop responding for a few minutes and then continue. By
default, this is a non-destructive test. The test is destructive only when the user
selects the repair function and bad sectors are detected.
The EXTENDED Test scans the entire disk media from LBA #0 to the maximum LBA. When
a bad sector is detected, the user is prompted to repair it. If the user chooses to
repair, the program writes zeros to the bad sector which invokes the drive firmware
to relocate the bad sector and return the sector to a defect-free state.
This option can be used to erase operating systems and file systems. QUICK ERASE
writes zeroes to the first and last million sectors. FULL ERASE writes zeroes to
the entire drive and may take hours to complete (depending on the drive size and