tests/diagnostics on a new hard drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by PecanEater, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. PecanEater macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2007
    If I'm buying a new hard drive, are there any tests/diagnostics I should run on the drive out the box?
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    Dec 10, 2008
  3. Bartman01 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2008
    With today's bigger hard drives, I usually do the following:
    First run DBAN and 0 wipe the drive 1-2 times (twice if time allows).
    Then run SpinRite at level 1 to verify all sectors are readable.

    This makes sure every sector has been written to and read from (with validation of the read) at least once.

    I've heard SpinRite at level 4 (read, write inverse, read, write back original, read) is a good way to verify a new drive but I find with the 1-2TB drives it takes way to long.

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