Is it normal that the SMART extended self test to run for hours on a new hard disk. So far, the test is running on my laptop for 2 hours. What is it doing? If I stop the test, will it damage the hard disk? How long will it usually run?
For your references - Hard disk - Hitachi 7200 RPM, 1 TB. Software - Dell SupportAssist Test - SMART Extended Self Test Drive Status - Nothing installed, except Windows 7, drivers and Dell SupportAssist.