Question Dropped external harddrive

Sebastianderpy

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Hello there!

I'm studying animation at University and it's important that I back up my files onto an external hard-drive.

I bought a Western Digital 4TB Desktop External Hard-drive. Not a solid-state drive, one of the big external hard-drives.

Recently I was transporting my external hard-drive in my bag and I dropped the bag onto the floor with the hard-drive in it. I heard what sounded like the hard-drive hitting the floor.

So now the hard-drive appears to still be working, but I was wondering if there a way I could test the drive to see if it's functioning properly? Is it likely that the hard-drive will fail on me after the damage?

When I plug in the hard-drive, there is a slight pulsating vibration that comes every few seconds, is this anything?

I would appreciate any help as I need to be able to back-up my work onto this hard-drive with confidence.
Thank you! :)
 

Ketchup79

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A hard drive is a million times more likely to fail when it is powered on than when it is not, since nothing is moving and the arm is in a parked location. So if it works fine after the fall, there is a very good chance there is a nice long life in store for that drive.
 

hang-the-9

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Hello there!

I'm studying animation at University and it's important that I back up my files onto an external hard-drive.

I bought a Western Digital 4TB Desktop External Hard-drive. Not a solid-state drive, one of the big external hard-drives.

Recently I was transporting my external hard-drive in my bag and I dropped the bag onto the floor with the hard-drive in it. I heard what sounded like the hard-drive hitting the floor.

So now the hard-drive appears to still be working, but I was wondering if there a way I could test the drive to see if it's functioning properly? Is it likely that the hard-drive will fail on me after the damage?

When I plug in the hard-drive, there is a slight pulsating vibration that comes every few seconds, is this anything?

I would appreciate any help as I need to be able to back-up my work onto this hard-drive with confidence.
Thank you! :)
When you say you "back up" your files to that drive, you mean you have the originals on the main drive and just copy a back up copy to this external, or are you moving the files to that drive?
 

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