I have 3 questions.
Just purchased the Western Digital Elements 2TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive.
After reading all the information on the internet, it seems like it is usually a 4K sector size Advanced Format drive.
It says "p/n:WDBAAU0020HBK-01" on the enclosure; HD Tune, SIW etc say "WDC WD20EARS-00MVWB0", firmware "51.0AB51"
The HDD also gives the following information:
Number Of Disks : 4 Number Of Heads : 8 Rotational Speed : IntelliPower Bytes Per Sector : 512 Multiple Sectors : 16
I am confused regarding:
the number of discs being 4 as I read it being a 3x666GB HDD.
"Bytes Per Sector" being reported as 512
Hence, is this drive a 4K sector size Advanced Format drive?
Is there a dependable way of checking so?
I see that there are lots of reports about this specific drive "WD20EARS-00MVWB0" failing.
Is there a dependable way of checking if the drive will fail in the next 2/3 months?
I have enough free sapce on other drives and do not need to use this drive right away - instead I am willing to stress test the drive if it would help me get meaningful details about the drive's reliability and life.