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Tempstar June 17, 2011 10:32 AM

Best way to test a new harddrive?
I just got a couple of new Western Digital drives: WD Green 2TB, WD Black 1 TB. Before I load any data on them, what is the best way to test them?

I was debating between using either the:
- WD Data Lifeguard Extended Test
- HDTune error scan

Not sure which one would be better. Thoughts?

enaberif June 17, 2011 11:29 AM

I never test a hard drive.. I load em up and just go. If you do a non-quick format on it that is usually good enough

Galcobar June 17, 2011 04:07 PM

Is there some reason you couldn't run both if you're that concerned?

MARSTG June 17, 2011 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by Galcobar (Post 525556)
Is there some reason you couldn't run both if you're that concerned?

I guess time is of the essence they need to be deployed asap. I would go with a quick format but you could go best with the WD tools , I think they are the best answer.

_dangtx_ June 17, 2011 07:35 PM

wipe with hdtune(dont forget to adjust the parking meters before!!!)

then if it still moves, load up a few gigs,well,couple hundred copy to from like crazy,see if there are any errors.

keep them well ventilated and they'll last a while :)

YukonTrooper June 17, 2011 07:43 PM

I do an HDTune error scan on my drives, format them, then let em' rip.

Arundor June 18, 2011 03:04 PM

A few possibilities:

1. Hook it up outside the case, start a file transfer, then listen carefully for any unusual ticking or grinding noises.
2. Do an HDTune benchmark and look for large deviations in the general slope of the graph.
3. If you want to be really sure, run the badblocks utility. You can get it on many Linux live CD's. Depending on drive size this can take a couple of days.

frontier204 June 18, 2011 08:09 PM

+1 for the badblocks utility. That's the first test I run on new drives that I get.

If I'm using a live CD that has badblocks, it usually has smartmontools as well, so I also run an extended self-test on the drive. I normally have to wait a day for the badblocks to finish on a large drive anyway, so adding an extra 2 hours on the self-test isn't that big a deal. A little faster than that is one pass of zero or random on the drive (pick your favourite HDD wiper) followed up by a SMART self test.

I use the SystemRescueCD for testing my drives because it doesn't waste time loading a GUI: SystemRescueCd
It has all badblocks, smartmontools, and DBAN for all my HDD torturing needs :thumb:

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