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Hard Drive Stress/Burn in test

Last response: in Storage
August 14, 2007 10:35:59 PM

I have recently purchased a couple of refurb's Seagate 500 GB SATA drives for my HTPC. They come with a realatively limited warranty period and I want to stress or "burn" in the drives for a good 30 days before I use them to make sure they aren't junk. What tool do you suggest I use? I have my version of Bart's PE so just about any Win 32 tools would work for me. If it is a linux tool, it would need to be an iso or something as I have little linux experience. I read something about using dd and a random setting but can't seem to find that page. Any help is appreciated. :) 

If anyone is interested, I paid $99 dollars each shipped. Not a bad price in my opinion.
August 16, 2007 7:49:17 AM

Try raidtest or rawio. But any I/O activity would do i guess. If you want to use dd, you can:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/<disk> bs=2k oseek=587438 &
dd if=/dev/<disk> of=/dev/null bs=8k iseek=0 &
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/<disk> bs=32k oseek=1829440 &

For example, use the & to queue up multiple streams at once, and you'll have something like random read+write going.