I got a WD15EARS drive off Newegg and it was defective so I exchanged it with them for another one. Now I am running the replacement drive through its paces. I ran the Data Life Guard Quick Test on the drive and it failed, reporting Error code 07 (Failed read test element), though Data Life Guard seems pretty flaky. I am not sure what Data Life Guard is telling me but I am not sure if I trust this drive either. I performing some copies to the drive right now which seem to be going okay but still, I’m not sure if I trust this drive. What should I do?
My Caviar Green WD7500AACS fails the Quick test with the same message after running for a couple of seconds.
You could run the Extended Test, mine completes that, but I think a much better test is to run a Windows Checkdisk.
On a Windows command line, enter
CHKDSK E: /R
where E: is the drive letter.
If it is the system disk, you will need to reboot to be able to run, it neeeds exclusive access.
This reads and rewrites every sector (non-destructive) and takes some hours. Check the Bad Sector Count at the end.
Reformat your drive (slow not quick) if you can. I have just done that to my drive - and the Quick Test now succeeds.
Before the reformat, it would always fail - on two different PCs even.