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Im not able to copy any data to my WD 320 gb external hard disk. i formatted my entire hd n still the problem persists. so i tried writing zeros using WD's data life guard diagnostics tool, but it's taking a very very long time to do it. what should i do ??

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  • abhijit_srin Mar 27, 2011

    how do u perform a hard drive diagnostic ??

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Writing 0's to a drive isn't so much a diagnostic tool as it is a function to erase all data from the drive permanently. Unlike formatting which just removes the link to the files so you technically don't see the data, but it's still there. Writing 0's to a drive will take a significant amount of time, sometimes between 2-10 hours (depending on the software, the drive, and the size of the drive). I recommend doing an actual hard drive diagnostic, as hard drive lag can be attributed to a malfunctioning drive.

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