Mark Bergman via plug on 14 Jul 2021 11:43:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] New Hard Drive Testing Practices

In the message dated: Wed, 14 Jul 2021 11:51:08 -0400,
The pithy ruminations from Rich Freeman via plug on 
[Re: [PLUG] New Hard Drive Testing Practices] were:
=> On Wed, Jul 14, 2021 at 9:25 AM LeRoy Cressy via plug
=> <> wrote:
=> >

=> > I personally always do a bad block test of every new drive I buy.  After that test, the drive is put away in my safe until it is needed.  When it is needed you can be fairly sure that since the drive has already been tested that it is already to be installed.
=> This isn't a bad approach as long as you know you'll install the drive
=> fairly soon.  Otherwise you're basically wasting warranty period with
=> drives sitting in boxes.

True, but valuable if your RAID requires that all drives be uniform. For example, it can be very hard (and expensive)
to find new instances of drives that are 3+ years old, so having that 'shelf spare' may be worthwhile if you don't have
a support contract that will provide one on-demand.


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