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Old 03-15-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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Is it possible to check an unpartitioned, unformatted hard disk drive (HDD) for errors?


Hello, I'm wondering if this is possible? I don't think so because I believe the disk check utility has to read and write to the disk to check for errors. If the disk is not formatted (which requires partitioning) this will not be possible.

I am building a new system and I want to check the HDD (3TB Seagate Barracuda) before I install the OS (Ubuntu 12.10 64-bit).

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks

P.S. I couldn't figure out the best forum (Newbie, Hardware, General) and this is kind of a Newbie question so I put it here.

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Old 03-15-2013, 04:40 PM   #2
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I think the "badblocks" command will work on an unformatted disk. Have you tried that?
 
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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I haven't tried anything yet. I will try this later today and post results.

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yes, smartctl -t long /dev/sda assuming sda is the new drive.
fdisk -l will give a list of all disks.
 
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:52 AM   #5
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yes, smartctl -t long /dev/sda assuming sda is the new drive.
fdisk -l will give a list of all disks.
I found out that I can also do a S.M.A.R.T. scan in the disk utility. Takes about six hours for 3TB! Thanks
 
  


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