I have received a used Western Digital WD6400BPVT drive, and I want to use it on my Toshiba Satellite A100. The previous user was not sure if the drive was working perfectly fine when he gave it to me, but he said nothing special has happened to it.
I have tried to install Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 on it, neither of which was a success. In all cases, it takes an awfully long time for the install to complete, like two or three days, and when it does finish, the system is so slow that it is literally unusable; like when I'm typing some command, each single letter takes some minutes to show up on the command line. The hard drive activity LED on the laptop is on all the time, and other than that, I can't think of any other specific details to provide. Best thing so far I have been able to find on Google was this apparently the same problem in a thread from HP Support Forums which was not of much help.
I want to see if I can use some tools to check out what might be causing this problem, or some piece of software that would let me check the health status of the drive and more importantly, things that I should be checking among the results of such a test which would mean that the drive is unusable. I can't make much use of statistics alone, as I have no idea what the cause can be.
Is it possible that this is a compatibility issue?
Just to mention again that there is no OS on the drive and I have no other computers with a spare port to attach the drive to.