External HDD Questions


  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
       #1

    External HDD Questions


    I am using a HP 860-050na, 16gb ram, 8GB AMD RX Vega GPU. Latest Windows 10 Updates (ver 2004). All drivers are up to date.

    Hey all, I have a few questions regarding external hdd usage.

    I have 4 8TB Seagate backup plus external drives (also 1 internal ssd and 1 internal 4TB hdd). All the external drives are plugged into there own USB ports and are powered from the wall socket.

    The problem I am having is that recently the drives are just shutting down and restarting at random. some days they work fine some days the just shutdown and restart. This usually happens when I am copying files to or from the drives, downloading files or doing some other sort of disk activity. Sometimes all the external drives just stop and restart and sometimes it's just the drives that are being accessed. Mostly it was fine but today I got an error popup saying the drive had errors and had to be checked and fixed which I let complete.

    now to the questions

    1) I have a lot of important stuff on the drives. How do I know if there are corrupt files on the drives ?
    2) Sometimes the drive lights go out when not in use and they kick up when I access the drive, is this normal ?
    3) I have a 1000 watt power supply. Is this is enough to power my pc ?
    4) I had a lot of crashes with the drives when they were all different formats, since I got them all to GPT its been better, is there a best format for external drives ?
    5) Does windows crash the drives if they are all reading\writing at the same time ?
    6) Can you have to many drives ?

    thanks for any help you guys can give with this.
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  2. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    1) I have a lot of important stuff on the drives. How do I know if there are corrupt files on the drives ?
    a. Run a free program such as Crystal Diskinfo and set it to monitor the smart parameters of your disks, and generate a report should these exceed thresholds. Thus you get an early warning of degradation.

    b. Use disk imaging routinely. So often recommended by tenforums users. Applies to Windows (all its partitions) and any data partitions too. The act of disk imaging will flag up any read errors, and disk imaging can be used to create a series of managed backups at different dates or times.

    c. You can run chkdsk periodically. E.g. chkdsk X: /scan where X is a drive or partition letter.

    Hard Disk Sentinel (+SSD's) Pro - not free- is an excellent program.
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  3. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the reply dalchina,

    I have a few programs already that check the smart status info and all are reported as good.

    I just ran the error check from inside properties on each drive and it reports no errors were found, does this mean the files aren't corrupt or just no errors on the drive ?

    The disk imaging would be great if I didn't have to backup 4 8TB drives, I don't think that's practical in this situation, I am looking at backing up the most important stuff and the rest I just have to trust the smart checkers and watch for the drives beginning to fail on me.

    As for the other questions any more help will be greatly appreciated

    thanks again
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  4. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    At the least you should consider using disk imaging for your Windows partitions.

    Only other comment- GPT is more robust than MBR of course.
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  5. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    yeah I already have windows backups in place

    thanks for your comments and help today
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  6. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #6

    You're welcome- do bear in mind build 2004 has been withdrawn by MS from automatic Windows Update, and has caused users a number of problems, including some related to particular devices.
    Last edited by dalchina; 16 Jul 2020 at 09:00.
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  7. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    no I didn't know that, this issue did start a while ago so not probably linked to v2004 but thanks again for the heads up.
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  8. Posts : 12,460
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #8

    dalchina said:
    You're welcome- do bear in mind build 2004 has been withdrawn by MS from Windows Update, and has caused users a number of problems, including some related to particular devices.
    I wasn't aware of it either, 3 Notebooks got Upgraded to Version 2004 just yesterday right after updating Version 1909 to the latest build, haven't seen any issue yet.
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  9. Posts : 35,403
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Known and Resolved issues for Windows 10 May 2020 Update version 2004

    Current status as of June 16, 2020
    Windows 10, version 2004 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909, who manually seek to “Check for updates” via Windows Update.

    - sorry- meant it's not automatically offered
    Last edited by dalchina; 16 Jul 2020 at 09:01.
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