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Thread: hard drive testing sw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    hard drive testing sw

    At work I regularly need to test hard drives recovered from old machines to make sure they're in working order for use as spares.

    I currently use badblocks to test these, along with a grep through dmesg to make sure no errors show up there.

    Anyone know of a more extensive hard drive scanning/benchmarking utility? I've had a few drives that passed badblocks turn up with other issues.

    fsck is not really helpful here, just to preempt anyone suggesting it; these drives are usually wiped clean.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007

    Re: hard drive testing sw

    Not knowing any better, I would use the smartmontools package as per:

    and just run the long test on them (overnight).
    Intel Core i7-950 / Asus P6X58D-E / Nvidia GTX480 / siduction 64-bit on OCZ Revodrive SSD / KDE4.10.2/ Kubuntu 13.04


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