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How long a hard drive has been used?

I would like to know if there is a utility that will tell me how many hours a hard drive has been used. Is there such a thing? I would like to know if i am getting a true new replacement drive or a drive with a couple thousand hours on it. There has to be something.

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JS
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    Use a utility such as "DiskCheckup" which can read and display the SMART data reported by the drive.
  2. Yeah just checked my smart output and its labeled Power_On_Hours. Here's a snippet of my output:

    ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME          FLAG     VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE      UPDATED  WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE
      9 Power_On_Hours          0x0012   099   099   000    Old_age   Always       -       8944
  3. Forgot to add: look at the RAW value not those threshold values they are not so useful. The raw value of 8944 means 8944 hours, which is little over a year of running time.
  4. The manufacture date on the label should be a pretty good clue.
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