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How long should a diagnostics test take?

by secret amish tekkie / June 3, 2009 2:31 AM PDT

I am running a diagnostics test on a Dell 4100 Dimension desktop (CTRL-ALT-D during setup). This is the first time I've done this. Right now, the screen is black and has the following text:
"IDE Drive Diagnostics running, please wait...
Primary IDE
Drive 0:"

How long does it take to completet this test (a matter of minutes, an hour or so, etc.)? If nothing else happens after X minutes, is there a problem?

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by alakzam / June 3, 2009 2:56 AM PDT

Just what you want to hear, huh? It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours depending on a number of different variables. Personally, I would say if after 2 hours, there's still no indication that it's moved at all, it's time to pull the plug on the testing.

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by secret amish tekkie / June 3, 2009 3:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Depends


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by Bob__B / June 3, 2009 7:11 AM PDT

that test is doing a surface analysis of that HD and you have some whopper HD might be looking at a multi hour session.

If there is no indication on the screen that any thing is happening maybe there is a HD activity indicator/light on the front panel that would show something is running.

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