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

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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 :)

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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.

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ALWAYS TEST DRIVES BEFORE ADDING TO AN ARRAY

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

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