I just installed a brand new WD30EZRX 3 TB drive and noticed the copying to the drive was very slow. I checked the S.M.A.R.T data with several disk diagnosticv programs and they said the the Reallocated Sectors Count was high. I tried to do a long format on the drive and after 5 minutes, the format just hung. I ran disk diagnostic programs again and they all showed that the Reallocated Sectors Count had increased and HD Tune said that it failed S.M.A.R.T after the format.
I am going to RMA the drive back to the retailer I purchased it from on Tuesday but is there anything else I could have checked that could cause this. I know the cable and SATA and power is good since I plugged another drive into them and it works fine.
IMHO I think I just got a bad drive. Any thoughts?