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Old 05-12-2005, 04:03 AM   #1
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testing harddrive reliability?


Here is my situation:

I have an old Western Digital 80GB drive (WD800JB) that I removed from one of my machines when it seemed to be acting up. IO activity when accessing the drive would sometimes halt for half a minute. I copied my important data to a new drive ASAP and removed the WD drive.

I was recently setting up an old machine and looking through my hardware for a harddrive I can put in it and found the WD 80GB.

My problem is that I dont know if I can trust the drive. I am looking for a good way to test it.

So far I have used the Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic disk from their website to run a full test and then to zero the drive and both worked fine without error.

I have not yet tested to see what SMART says about the drive as the old machine I have it in now doesnt support SMART in the BIOS.

Is there a better way to test for drive stability? I understand that drives fail all the time so I cant be "guaranteed" that it will be fine and all that, I just want some reassurance that it is currently OK before I start setting up a system on it.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-12-2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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Well, I would try (under whatever Linux you'd like on this box: Knoppix if you aren't running Linux there) running the 'badblocks' check. I would also try 'dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/DRIVE' and so forth. Just put it through its paces
 
Old 05-13-2005, 01:38 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestions.

The Western Digital utility did a badblock scan and i used it to zero the drive. Both worked fine.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 01:59 AM   #4
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Then I'd say there is no evidence that your hard drive is likely to fail soon... unless of course, you hear weird noises or something like that.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 02:12 AM   #5
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Mine have always made clicking noises and giving i/o error messages when they failed, except for the one I dropped on the floor.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 02:44 AM   #6
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Well I will start building a system on it and see how it goes. Nothing important goes on it for now.

I also have an older 40GB Maxtor that started making noises. Maybe I should drag that out and see how it is too....
 
  


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