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Old 04-13-2007, 05:48 PM   #1
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how to test/prove a hard drive?


I have some hard drives that I would like to use to set up a RAID array. I've gone through the exercise a couple of times with mixed results and I'm not sure where I am having problems. The problems seem to point to the drives, but other evidence seems to acquit them.

I'd like to know what is the best way, if any, to exercise a hard drive is such a way as to determine how useable it might be. I'm thinking of repeated read-writes to the entire disc and watching for errors. I'm surprised not to have found a simple routine in my searching.
 
Old 04-13-2007, 05:59 PM   #2
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Depending on the drives, you might be able to use smartmontools.
 
  


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