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Old 05-23-2004, 05:22 AM   #1
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hard disk stress test

Let's take the following test.
U want buy a second-hand hard-disk. We want to test it using any Linux command or programme for testing its status.
What u will use? And how sure you can be from the results?
Can u give me the command with the parameters?

A...Do u think that u must to note the bad blocks or leave everything unchanged
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Program called badblocks come packaged with well I know redhat;s releases. As far as stress/performance test, there are a couple. E2fsck has some options to do it also for ext2 and ext3 partitions which essentially runs badblocks in the background. Below I listed a few stess tests I have ran across in my linux usage. Some are more geared toward filesystem stressing than hd but can give an indication of both.

andrew benchmark
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Old 05-23-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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There's a program called 'badblocks' which tests a drive for, yes, bad blocks, and outputs a list of the blocks it finds (see man badblocks). The output from this program can be fed to mke2fs or whatever or can be output to a file.

I would personally avoid using a disk which reports bad blocks to the OS. These errors tend to get worse.


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