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I put in a new Seagate 250GB hard drive and I did the level 4 using spinrite. I didn't format it first. I noticed in S.M.A.R.T as it scanned, one of the bars had a bit of red. It listed seek errors but I know, as the video said, some drives are designed like that. The graphic display showed everything is good. It took like 8 hours 30 minutes or so to do the complete level 4. That means the drive is fine to use, right?

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    Joseph Murphy Jul 31, 2010

    Thank you for the info

  • Joseph Murphy
    Joseph Murphy Jul 31, 2010

    Would you say SpinRite is like the best low level utility to use?



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Spinrite may report seek errors for different reasons. If you format the hard drive, and before formatting you delete and re-define the partition in the right way (eg using fdisk/ntfs), then you will get no errors.

Level 4 (or level 5) seek error on an unformatted new drives are often due to the way the manufacturer configures partition using an imaging software. As said this errors do not necessarily mean that the disk is bad. There are more reasons causing seek errors. The important thing is that you do not get any R/W errors.
Low level utilities like Spinrite will always detect a number of seek errors on a new hard drive.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010

  • Joseph Murphy
    Joseph Murphy Jul 31, 2010

    The only errors I recalled seeing were seek errors. There were no ecc and I dont think there were R/W errors. I am going to install Windows on it using the recovery software cd from the manufacture



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