Exercising ATA disks in hopes of revealing errors
cswiger at mac.com
Tue Apr 17 17:08:27 UTC 2007
On Apr 17, 2007, at 9:56 AM, Doug Poland wrote:
> I've just come into possesion of a bunch of 80GB ATA drives. I'd like
> to quickly and efficiently test each drive to see if it's free of
> errors and suitable for deployment in non-critical workstations.
> Using FreeBSD 6.x as a testing platform, what tools do people use to
> stress-test disk drives? I've searched ports and done some googling
> but nothing stands out.
sysutils/smartmontools will let you check the error counts recorded
via SMART and let you invoke various self-tests and possibly a
surface scan, depending on what the drive's firmware supports.
However, to do more thorough testing, the (typically DOS-based)
utility from the vendor will be somewhat better.
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