app to test hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by peas, Sep 20, 2006.

  1. peas macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2006
    is there a way to test a new hard drive right away rather than waiting for it to fail? these are oem hdd's i bought from newegg and they only have a 15 day return policy for rma's.
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I suppose you could use Disk Utility and check the SMART status...I'm not sure about other 3rd party options.
  3. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    Why not run Disk Utility and perform a check? Or pick up a copy of Tech Tool Pro.
  4. baleensavage macrumors 6502a

    Aug 2, 2005
    On an island in Maine
    I believe that Techtool Pro (part of some new bundle Check it) has a hard drive tester. i'm not sure how useful this tester is though. AFAIK hard drives regularly fail to a small extent and the drive or computer marks the space as unusable. This process is not noticable to the end user. When the entire hard drive really bites it, it is usually all at once and very sudden with no warning. Some advanced systems like XServe I believe have sensors that may alert you if your hard drive is about to fail as well.

    Of course you could just try copying a whole bunch of files to the drive the reformat it and do it again.
  5. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    You could install SmartReporter to monitor your hard drive(s) and alert you when the SMART status of the drives indicates impending failure. You can even have it e-mail you in case you're at work and want to take action.

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