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Question Test New Hard Drive

Collider

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Need a recommendation of software / program / scrip to test new brand new hard drive.

What I would like is for it to make a write to every sector and report any bad ones, that seems to be most reliable.

Any other additional technique suggestions are welcome.

OS is Windows.
 

VirtualLarry

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It may be a bit lengthy, but I download HDTune ( www.hdtune.com ), do a SMART check (or use CrystalDiskInfo for that), then do a surface scan, check SMART again, then do a full-format using Disk Management, check SMART, then do a surface scan (again), and check SMART again, for any re-allocated / pending sectors.

If it passes the read/write/read test, then I deem it "worth" of being used.
 

Collider

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Jan 20, 2008
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It may be a bit lengthy, but I download HDTune ( www.hdtune.com ), do a SMART check (or use CrystalDiskInfo for that), then do a surface scan, check SMART again, then do a full-format using Disk Management, check SMART, then do a surface scan (again), and check SMART again, for any re-allocated / pending sectors.

If it passes the read/write/read test, then I deem it "worth" of being used.
Thanks. Just downloaded HD Tune, there are many options available which test do you use for surface scan, "Error Scan" ?
 

VirtualLarry

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Yes, I think "error scan" is what you want, it draws green squares going across, as it scans the surface.

Note that the free version of HDTune is from like 2008-ish, I think, and may have issues with the error scan completing properly, on drives larger than 2TB.
 

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