hard drive testing...

Bruce Cran bruce at cran.org.uk
Mon Oct 8 10:45:17 PDT 2007

Gary Kline wrote:
> 	Last question for today.  Well,  hopefullly.  Is bonnie++
> 	the only meeans of testing a hard drive?  I thought thre was
> 	something you had to put on a floppy to be able to test more
> 	thoroughly.
> 	This had been "awhile ago"... maybe ~5 years.
> 	thanks, people,
> 	gary

All recent drives support SMART - to test a drive you can install 
sysutils/smartmontools and use smartctl to run a test e.g

smartctl -t long /dev/ad0

There are various different tests you can run, including surface tests, 
online and offline etc.


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