please recommend a disk-exercising program?

Michael David Crawford mdc at
Sun Jun 7 10:26:24 UTC 2009

Check the downloads section at the disk manufacturer's website.  All the 
disk vendors have utilities that can test their disks.

Generally these utilities can use proprietary commands to exercise 
self-test functions that generally aren't accessible to non-proprietary 
test code.

Most of the utilities are DOS boot disk images.  You make either a 
floppy or a CD from them, then boot off of it.

Michael David Crawford
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