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    Hard drive testing

    Does anyone know of any free utilities to pummel a hard drive to see if it will break (I have my own sledgehammer, but don't want to go that far). Having just bought some second hand drives I want to put them through their paces whilst it's not to late to complain to the vendor. All the load testing tools I can find also want to burn my CPU etc, whereas I'd like to find something that focuses on the hard drives. So far I've tried filling them with redundant data, then moving that from one place to another with Eraser set to wipe the data it's moved 7 times, then defragging the disc (although it would have been nice to find the fragmenting tool referred to by Howard in the recent, locked, Ghost thread), but it would be much less hassle to have a tool that did it for me.

    Does such a thing exist?

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    Re: Hard drive testing

    Not the tool you asked for, but it would certainly be worth running CHKDSK with a full surface scan, to make sure there aren't any bad spots.

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    Re: Hard drive testing

    The only thing I've used is the respective HDD manufacturer's "Diagnostic" utility. They are free downloads found at the manufacturer's site. I generally download the one that can be created as a bootable floppy, although now you can get them for burning a bootable CD or even able to run in Windows. I have one of each for Maxtor and Western Digital drives in my "bag". <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Hard drive testing

    Mark,

    Western Digital puts out a good HD diagnostic and drive tester for it's HDs and it MAY also work on other manufacturers, but not sure of that.

    Get it <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> at WDC
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    Re: Hard drive testing

    If you're not averse to spending a little for something worth having in your toolkit, take a look at Gibson's SpinRite ( Hard drive data recovery software ). Although it's primarily a drive repair and recovery tool, it might be good to see what it says about a run-of-the-mill drive.

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    Re: Hard drive testing

    The best tests are:

    1. Those from the drive manufacturer. You'll have to run these anyway to file a warranty claim.
    2. The Hitachi/IBMDrive Fitness test at http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm.
    3. If you have even 1 Segate drive, you can use Seagate's Seatools to test the other drives as well.
    4. chkdsk

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