Casey Bralla via plug on 13 Jul 2021 07:22:01 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] New Hard Drive Testing Practices

Interesting question I never thought about.  For me, without a "mission
critical" application, I just swap in the drive, format it, copy data to
it, and go.   Modern drives are so reliable now, I assume any defects
are caught in final testing at the manufacturer, or will show up almost
immediately when formated. However, I also assume the big drives you're
dealing with are less reliable than the typical 2-4 TBytes of a consumer
drive since they are pushing the technology limits.

But for critical data on very large drives in a RAID, I think the
long-form testing is probably a good idea.

On 7/13/21 10:12 AM, Rich Freeman via plug wrote:
> Figured I'd start a conversation even if the topic is a little trivial.
> I'm curious what others do when they obtain a new hard drive (or a
> used one for that matter - I'm curious if you do anything
> differently). Do you do any kind of testing on drives before putting
> them into service, assuming you can spare a few days/etc? Do you take
> any kind of measures to mitigate the potential of early failures in
> lieu of testing?
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