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#1 crashnburn



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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:19 AM

HDD Burn Test - DBAN, Zero Write, Surface Level Scans, OEM Software Check?

I've had a case of HDDs failing on me so before this new 3 TB Caviar Green from an RMA goes into my NAS, I'd like to perform the most thorough tests on it possible.

Recommendations and Experiences welcome :)

#2 Mkruer



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:59 AM

Though I have not used it you may want to look at http://real-world-sy...en_manual.html. That being said, From my experiences the best thing you can do for a HDD is disable the power savings, just keep it spinning. I have found that in the past the constant spin up and spin down kills drives faster than anything I know. But that is just my opinion.
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#3 continuum



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 07:10 PM

Just run the manufacturer diagnostic... you can do more with MHDD or whatever, but honestly, you're not going to catch a huge amount more failures, at least not on a typical one-drive-example. :P

Assuming the drive arrived in an umdamaged box and you handled the drive properly you oughta be fine.

#4 erb



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:56 AM


Agreed, manufacturer's diagnostic programs is good enough. Although, some do not have WRITE tests available.
It shouldn't be too hard to find a Windows program that will do a write test. I think HDTune Pro does.

I prefer to advocate the use of linux:

Boot to a live linux (Ubuntu, ArchLinux) and run a full write test. THIS WILL DESTROY ALL DATA:

badblocks -svw /dev/{HDD}

To find your hard drive {HDD}:
parted -l

Edited by erb, 24 March 2013 - 11:59 AM.

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