I have had potential issues with either the I/O port number 4 on my NAS, or the WD Red Pro 6Tb drive in that position. I downloaded Data Lifeguard Diagnostics, took the drive out of the NAS, loaded the drive into a USB 3 SATA enclosure, connected it to a USB 3 port, and began the diagnostics for Quick test first - all Ok, then the Extened test. It said this would take 55h to run!
I knew my laptop was not going to be available for that long, so I moved the drive to a protected UPS power outlet and prepared to run it again on a faster Windows box and let it run there as long as it needed. I thought it’s estimates were going to reduce down as it started to run, but it is now 35 hours into an estimated 55 hour runtime on the 6Tb drive.
I thought that there is not enough time in my lifetime to do this very often so started checking the expected run time for this and noticed that WD advises 1 hour for 1Tb, meaning this might take 6 hours.
So, something is very wrong with this drive or the interface for this drive.
As I have only had errors reported so far by the NAS, which the NAS support said could be the drive or the i/o port, I need to determine which it is and organise an RMA for whicher one (drive or NAS).
Is there a quicker way with a WD tool to prove whether the drive is in need of a Warranty repair?
The drive is about 1.7Tb full at present - Should I put more data on the driveso that more of the drive is in use and see if this records errors in the SMART drive repository?