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how to test premiere drive

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by tvmaster2, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. tvmaster2

    tvmaster2 New Member

    Sep 9, 2006
    I have a WD AV drive that may be going bad (under one year old) - what is the best software to test the drive with, assuming I pulled it from the Premiere in question.
    Or, is it better to test it while still installed in the Premiere?
    I assumed it would be faster using PC software, externally mounted.

    PS - I am trying the amber light/pause/kickstart code thing, but can't get past the green screen of death
  2. MPSAN

    MPSAN Active Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    WD has diagnostics you can run. You can run the long read diag and then HDDSCAN SMART report.

    I think all I needed was the UBCD. I have ver 5.2.1 and I believe those diags are on it. Also, go to the WDC site and you can d/l the windows version but I like UBCD as it is a standalone disk.
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat Uncontrolled Force

    Jul 6, 2002
    WDC also has a bootable CD ISO you can use for testing.
  4. lessd

    lessd Active Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I have had WD drives that passed the WDC but did not work correctly in the TiVo, used MaxBlast to low level format the drive and the low level format failed, the drive was NG, a new WD drive worked great. (sent the other back under WD RMA)

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