For those failing the Long Generic Test, are you guys planning to return it to Amazon or run it several time again? One of these test easily take a whole day.
I would test it on a separate computer first to make sure it's not some weird driver or computer issue and if it still fails then straight back to Amazon. I wouldn't risk having my data lost, you don't know what else might be wrong in the drive.
just got mine, it shows only 2.7tb, who eat off the 10%?
I think most folks here, esp. those who have bought drives before, already know this, but let me take this as a serious question for a moment. For the (hopefully) few who would buy a hard drive but still aren't caught up on this yet...
The mfg regards 3 TERA-bytes to be 3,000,000,000,000 bytes. That's a base-10 system.
However, by necessity (given computers are a base-2 system), for Windows to report space as 3TB, it has to get up to 3 times 2-to-the-40th (2^40) = 3,298,534,883,328 Bytes (which is technically 3 TEBI-bytes or TiB, according to the Wiki, but no one makes that distinction).
While you are not getting less than 3,000,000,000,000 Bytes from Seagate or WD, since 3,000,000,000,000 < 3,298,534,883,328 Windows reports it as under 3TB. To be exact and to see it for yourself, throw 3,000,000,000,000 (Bytes) into your calculator and divide by 1024 (2^10) four times (once each from Bytes to Kilo-Mega-Giga-Tera), and you'll get to 2.728484... which is the 2.7 T(i)B.
I can tell y'all are going to love it when we get up to 12TB drives that report back as 10.91TB. Oh, what fun! The % difference just gets bigger the higher you go, which is covered better in the Wikipedia "gigabyte" article.
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