checking a harddrive for damage?

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  1. Casino

    Casino OT Supporter

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    I got an extra harddrive from a computer that was going to be thrown out. I want to use it in my computer, because I need all the space I can get. The only problem is I don't know why it was being thrown out. If I plug it into my computer now, is there a program I can use to scan the drive for any problems without damaging my computer? i dont have access to any other computer to test the drive on
     
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    you could go pick up an external enclosure for it. they only cost 25-30 bucks or so and come in very, very handy. you can hook it up and run some diagnostics on it in your main pc without any problems tho. chkdsk/defrag at the least.
     
  3. keleko

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    chkdsk/scandisk/defrag (after formatting)

    that'll let you know about any bad sectors

    more than 10 bad sectors, toss it
     
  4. Casino

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    I don't want to spend money on it, if I was going to spend 20-30 bucks, i would just get a new drive.

    If I just plug the second IDE cable into it and run it, is there any chance that it could fuck up my computer?
     
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    you could do that. format it right away.
     

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