Martin Cracauer via plug on 14 Jul 2021 12:04:51 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] New Hard Drive Testing Practices

Rich Freeman via plug wrote on Tue, Jul 13, 2021 at 10:12:59AM -0400: 
> 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?

Here is my procedure:
- get smart data
- do a full read
- diff smart data (look for trouble(
- do a full write
- diff smart data (look for trouble(
- noddle around a bit with my version of the bonnie benchmark

The reason why read is tested before write is that you want to catch
bad sectors that are not readable before they become reallocated by a
write operation.

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