I'm putting together a new system which I haven't done in a while. I was wondering if there are some good utilities to run to test the new hard drives out before I start loading everything on them? Any recommendations?
if by testing you mean for checking performance, HD Tune, HD Tach, Sisoft Sandra, and Performance Test all come to mind as pretty consistant in results. HD Tune is probably the best of the above for testing hdd performance, IMO.
if by testing you mean checking for problems, the hdd manufacturer probably has a few programs you can download from their site.
Well, for the 160gb drive I just let Vista do a quick format but I am running the WD diag on it now. I have not done anything to my larger 320gb drive but will probably start the diag on it before I go to bed. It has not been formatted yet.