Diagnostic tools for external hard drives?

Doug White dwhite at gumbysoft.com
Mon Mar 14 22:03:38 PST 2005

On Sat, 12 Mar 2005, Torfinn Ingolfsen wrote:

> Hello,
> Does FreeBSD (stable) have any tools that I can use to run diagnostics
> on an external hard drive?
> I have a Maxtor One Touch 250GB external hard drive (the one with both
> USB and Firewire connectors). This is connected to my FreeBSD 5-stable
> machine with firewire.

Firewire enclosures typically just have an ATA-FW bridge, so you may get
better diagnostics and accessibility if you take the disk out of the FW
box and plug it into an ATA channel.

>From first glance at the errors I'd say the drive has problems.  If its
under warranty I'd just replace it :)

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