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How to check if the new drive is in perfect condition?

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March 17, 2010 2:42:00 PM

I want to order a SEAGATE 7200.12 500gb or WD Caviar Black 640gb from Ncix.com .

The problem is I don't have my PC here right now, all I have is my laptop and a USB External HDD Enclosure.

I've heard that some drives turn out faulty after a short time of use. If had my PC here I would run some of those benchmark programs and test the drive's performance. But all I have now is a USB interface low speed external enclosure.
Is there any way to test the drive with it and be sure that it's not faulty?
March 17, 2010 10:08:07 PM

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March 18, 2010 12:04:13 AM

Do lots of reads and writes, benchmarking, scan for bad sectors, and watch the SMART Values carefully.
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March 24, 2010 10:14:25 PM

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