Stress testing/burning in HDDs

Thodoris tgol at
Sun Sep 30 21:04:23 PDT 2007

O/H Don O'Neil ??????:
> I have an array that has a drive that keeps timing out/failing... So I need
> to replace it. However, I want to stress test/burn in a replacement disk
> first.
> What is the best way to do this?
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I think that the best way to do this is by using the vendors specific 
test utility. All known HDD vendors have made utilities to test and find 
out some basic stats for their products. A very good way to get all the 
known utilities and much more small usefull programs to test hardware is 
the Ultimate boot CD. A very nice work has been done and very usefull 
small programms like memtest, maxtor(sea tools), western digital (dlg 
diag) etc are included. You can run a surface scan for your disk (that 
will surely get it to an edge) and find out its temperature, afterwards, 
and how responds in general. I have been using that for years to find 
hardware problems.


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