I've got a new Seagate Expansion External hard drive, model STEB5000100 (5TB) from Amazon. It is connected to a computer via USB 3.0
Even though it is brand new I decided to run Seatools tests.
It passed the Short DST test, but failed the Short Generic test. This test has several phases. First phase is Outer Scan. It goes fine to 100%. Then it starts Inner Scan and immediately fails at 0%. I tried it several times with the same result.
Then I tried Long Generic test, it ran for 10 hours, and eventually passed!
It doesn't make sense to me. How can a Long test that is supposed to check the whole disk pass, but a Short test that checks only some parts of the disk fail?
Seatools have a "Fix All Fast" test, which I ran. The Short Generic test still fails after it.
I'm running now a "Fix All Long" test that will take another 10 hours ... Well ... It didn't help.
The Seatools don't offer SMART tests, maybe because it is external USB drive.
Here is the log from SeaTools (I use Windows 7):
--------------- SeaTools for Windows v22.214.171.124 --------------- 16/08/2016 13:03:51 Model: Expansion Desk Serial: NA8F0G1D Firmware: 0909 Identify - Started 16/08/2016 13:03:51 Short DST - Started 16/08/2016 13:05:02 Short DST - Pass 16/08/2016 13:06:06 Short Generic - Started 16/08/2016 13:06:57 Short Generic - FAIL 16/08/2016 13:07:20 SeaTools Test Code: D2929FC5 Short DST - Started 16/08/2016 13:56:42 Short DST - Pass 16/08/2016 13:57:46 Identify - Started 16/08/2016 13:58:07 Short Generic - Started 16/08/2016 13:58:43 Short Generic - FAIL 16/08/2016 13:59:06 SeaTools Test Code: D2929FC5 Long Generic - Started 16/08/2016 14:02:04 Long Generic - Pass 16/08/2016 23:26:08 <-- how can Long test pass when Short fails? Identify - Started 17/08/2016 08:32:30 Identify - Started 17/08/2016 08:35:43 Short DST - Started 17/08/2016 08:35:53 Short DST - Pass 17/08/2016 08:36:57 Short Generic - Started 17/08/2016 08:37:11 Short Generic - FAIL 17/08/2016 08:37:34 SeaTools Test Code: D2929FC5 Fix All Fast - Started 17/08/2016 08:39:49 Fix All Fast - Pass 17/08/2016 08:40:19 Short Generic - Started 17/08/2016 08:40:58 Short Generic - FAIL 17/08/2016 08:41:21 SeaTools Test Code: D2929FC5 Fix All Long - Started 17/08/2016 08:41:46
I've got another drive. It is also a Seagate Expansion External hard drive, but a different model, 3TB (STEB3000300). The Seatools Short Generic test also fails on it at the same phase of the test. I'm inclined to think that it is a false alarm. Two different drives purchased at different time seems too improbable to me. And Long test passes fine.
If there is somebody with a similar model of a drive, 3TB or more, could you try Seatools on it?