03-27-2010 07:56 PM - edited 03-27-2010 09:16 PM
Is there a more comprehensive test tool available to test this drive? I'm talking about a test that would find bad sectors and try to recover data... something like "Long Generic" Seatools test, which will run for about 3hr on 1TB drive.
If there isn't one, how do you know if you are loosing data? I've had seagate usb drives which passed all tests, except for "long generic", so I'm guessing the included test tool is a joke.
03-29-2010 09:55 AM - edited 03-29-2010 09:55 AM
Unfortunately, there is no tool that will allow you to directly check the hard drives. But indirectly, if there is anything wrong with the hard drive that cause write to disk failed, your raid array will flag you with error, something like raid out of sync. Just keep an eye on that.
03-29-2010 11:23 AM
I don't have a raid array. I use these drives for my home videos only, which I can't afford to lose. I needed space and got a pretty good deal on these NAS drives, otherwise I'd have went with USB\FW.
However, I had bad experience with Seagate Xtreme 2TB drives (brand new drives failed long generic test) and I'm worried now, because I believe these MCAs have the same or similar HDDs
03-30-2010 07:03 AM
You really should setup raid 1 so that you won't lose your home videos or digital pictures. The cost of raid 1 is you lose have the capacity, but the save is if one of the hard drive fails, you won't have to spent a lot to have someone recover the data for you which most of time cost a lot more then a hard drive these days.
03-30-2010 05:18 PM
Currently I use two of these and copy data from drive to drive manually. The drives are on only when I'm coping or reading (watching) data . Is there an advantage of using RAID 1 over the way I do it?
03-31-2010 08:23 AM
Let's say you have two 1TB external Hard drives, you add files to one hard drive, and every once a while, you sync up files between these two hard drives. Now, set up 2T MCA as raid 1, now you only have the capacity of ITB, because these two 1TB drives are used to mirror each other. Everytime you copy a file to MCA, it automatically copy to both hard drives. You let MCA do exactly what you are doing now.
03-31-2010 11:52 PM
Is that a software that I need for this? Also, would that software tell me if some data is unreadable, which would indicate there are some bad sectors?
04-01-2010 02:10 PM
The Raid 1 configuration is only supported on MCA that come with two hard drives, it only tells you whether data on two hard drives are the same.
04-03-2010 06:29 PM - edited 04-04-2010 05:43 PM
So, how do I get Raid1 to work with a 2 single drive MCAs? is there Raid1 software that can be downloaded?