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    Default Test USB hard drive

    The drive does not support S.M.A.R.T. For testing the drives mounted in my case I boot Spinrite from a CD as I have found it very reliable over the years. But it is SO slow testing USB mini drives. Apparently it runs at USB1.1 speed.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Test USB hard drive

    I use dd to see if there are any read errors

    dd if=/dev/sdX of=/dev/null bs=1024k status=progress where sdX is the USB drive
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    Default Re: Test USB hard drive

    Thank you. Simple and effective.

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