Ex Hard Drive: Scan for errors. No errors does this mean no corruption

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  1. Posts : 97
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    Ex Hard Drive: Scan for errors. No errors does this mean no corruption


    I've scanned my Seagate M3 external hard drive for errors and no errors were found.

    Does this mean that all data on the hard drive is free of corruption?

    It contains mostly a copy of my Flac files and I was wondering if this scan is telling me that none of the music saved has any corruption?

    Thanks
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  2. EdTittel's Avatar
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    It only means the scanning tool found no corruption. That's not a 100% guarantee, but it's a pretty darn good indicator. Which scanning tool did you use? If chkdsk, it's pretty reliable and generally accurate. Seagate offers a proprietary but free set of tools called SeaTools that you can download and run a double-check on your disk, if you like. If it also gives the drive a clean bill of health you can be reasonably sure it's not corrupted.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  3. Posts : 97
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    Thanks for the reply.
    I'm no expert with computers: I right clicked the Seagate hard drive, clicked: properties>tools then clicked on 'check' for 'error checking'.
    I'll try the Seagate tools you mention.
    I was having problems where the Seagate hard drive was connecting and disconnecting constantly and thought it could have caused corruption issues.
    I seem to have solved the disconnecting issue by uninstalling all 'uninversal Serial bus controllers' via 'Device manager' and restarting my laptop.
    I seem to get the disconnecting issue every few weeks.
    Thanks again.
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  4. Gordon7's Avatar
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    @Autobahn - If the issue show up again, then if you connect the drive via USB 2.0/3.0 - try using another USB port!
    Often these problems are caused by failing connectors on the PC or cable used, and not the drive itself!
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  5. EdTittel's Avatar
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    Gosh! What you've described sounds more likely to be a device driver problem than a device or data corruption problem. Sounds like you've already taken most of the obvious steps to address the problem, too. Only other thing to try is a new USB port. Have you run your Dell hardware diagnostics to see if it can find anything amiss with USB? That might shed some more light, too. You might also try visiting the support page for your laptop and seeing if the official Dell driver scanner available there can find any new drivers you might need. Works like a champ on my XPS27 All-in-One and on my Venue Pro 11 7139 hybrid tablet.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  6. Posts : 97
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    Gordon7 said:
    @Autobahn - If the issue show up again, then if you connect the drive via USB 2.0/3.0 - try using another USB port!
    Often these problems are caused by failing connectors on the PC or cable used, and not the drive itself!
    I might try a shorter cable if the diagnostics I'm running doesn't find any issues.
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  7. Posts : 97
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    EdTittel said:
    Gosh! What you've described sounds more likely to be a device driver problem than a device or data corruption problem. Sounds like you've already taken most of the obvious steps to address the problem, too. Only other thing to try is a new USB port. Have you run your Dell hardware diagnostics to see if it can find anything amiss with USB? That might shed some more light, too. You might also try visiting the support page for your laptop and seeing if the official Dell driver scanner available there can find any new drivers you might need. Works like a champ on my XPS27 All-in-One and on my Venue Pro 11 7139 hybrid tablet.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    I've never run the diagnostics before.
    I don't like having programs I hardly use (or ever use) installed, so I must have uninstalled 'dell assistant' a long time ago.
    I'm running the diagnostics now.
    I had a popup from 'Winpatrol' that Dell Assistant will automatically start when I start my laptop.
    Does this program have to run: Is it best to leave it start up or should I stop it, or even uninstall it after I've run the diagnostics?

    Will the diagnostics update any drivers that need updating?
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  8. Posts : 97
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    Two drivers needed updating - Two for Intel.
    I clicked to install them, one installed, the other said there was already a later version installed (?!) so I cancelled that one.
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  9. EdTittel's Avatar
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    Did it help your problem? Hopefully, everything is working normally or as expected now. Do let us know if you need any further help or info.
    Best wishes,
    --Ed--
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  10. Posts : 97
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    Just connected the Seagate and it connected then disconected four or five times within a few seconds.
    It's been fine for the last ten minutes.
    I don't know why it is doing this? I have an identical Seagate external hard drive with the same type of cable and it seems more stable - I have had problems with this one aswell.
    I've connected it today as well and have had no problem.
    I think I might try getting a shorter cable and see if that helps, but why after connecting then disconnecting was it alright for over ten minutes?
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