windows comes with a surface scan utility, though i've never used it on a new drive
What exactly are you accomplishing by copying files to your drive or formatting it.
Basically, I'm forcing the head to move around a lot. Based on experience, if a hard drive can survive it's first month in one of my systems, it'll last for a very long time. I just hate waiting around for that one month of uncertainty, so it would be nice to be able to stress the drive out over the course of a few days to speed things along...