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    Default Harddisk testing

    Hello,

    there are some older harddisks I would like to test before plugging them into my system. Are there any tools or specific methods to check a harddisk?
    My current procedure is to copy stuff to the harddisk and to follow any i/o error. A SMART diagnostic could also be interesting, but does it really tell you more than statistics?
    I've also read about bonnie: Bonnie , does it detect disk failures correctly?

    Please recommend me some tools or procedures to check these harddisks before installing an unstable system on them.

    regards,
    Quentin

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    Default Re: Harddisk testing

    queden wrote:
    > Hello,
    >
    > there are some older harddisks I would like to test before plugging
    > them into my system. Are there any tools or specific methods to check a
    > harddisk?
    > My current procedure is to copy stuff to the harddisk and to follow any
    > i/o error. A SMART diagnostic could also be interesting, but does it
    > really tell you more than statistics?
    > I've also read about bonnie: 'Bonnie'
    > (http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/bonnie/) , does it detect disk
    > failures correctly?
    >
    > Please recommend me some tools or procedures to check these harddisks
    > before installing an unstable system on them.
    >
    > regards,
    > Quentin
    >
    >

    You could always go to the manufacturers website and see if they have
    any diagnostic tools.

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    Default Re: Harddisk testing

    Quote Originally Posted by queden View Post
    Hello,

    there are some older harddisks I would like to test before plugging them into my system. Are there any tools or specific methods to check a harddisk?
    My current procedure is to copy stuff to the harddisk and to follow any i/o error. A SMART diagnostic could also be interesting, but does it really tell you more than statistics?
    I've also read about bonnie: Bonnie , does it detect disk failures correctly?

    Please recommend me some tools or procedures to check these harddisks before installing an unstable system on them.

    regards,
    Quentin
    Bonnie is a performance testing program. To check for blocks integrity, use as root badblocks

    Example: badblocks -s -b 4096 /dev/sda

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