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Will stress testing new HDDs before use manifest failures early on?
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I know either HDTune or Atto (can't remember which redface.gif) has a bad sector check that I believe you can set to be rather thorough. I don't know of any programs that actually stress-test a HDD.
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Check the SMART data, that's about it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by AzO;14417006 
Will stress testing new HDDs before use manifest failures early on?

Yes, it can.

Personally I use Everest or AIDA to bench new drives continually for a day or two, then compare the SMART results before and after. If anything that hints at failure has changed, I send the drive back.

It's also good to make another comparison a few weeks down the line, while it's still easy to RMA the drives.

No test is perfect, or even especially great at predicting failure, but this sort of thing will at least weed out the flakiest of drives.
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HDtune is what i used for both of my storage drives before putting my data on them, also crystal disk mark is a good tool.
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Originally Posted by Blameless;14418251 
Yes, it can.

Personally I use Everest or AIDA to bench new drives continually for a day or two, then compare the SMART results before and after. If anything that hints at failure has changed, I send the drive back.

It's also good to make another comparison a few weeks down the line, while it's still easy to RMA the drives.

No test is perfect, or even especially great at predicting failure, but this sort of thing will at least weed out the flakiest of drives.

How about hard drive tools from the respected manufacturer? Like Drive Fitness Test from Hitachi, SeaTools from Seagate and Data Lifeguard Tools from WD?

I bought a few 3TB and 2TB Hitachi 7K3000 and their tool does not run under x64.
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These tools are basically like benchmarks + sector checks being run repeatedly.

You can use HD Tune for that.
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I don't see the point on a new or very young HDD. Maybe a quick benchmark or two to make sure no glaring problems and possibly a full chkdsk.
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Originally Posted by Strat79;14420618 
I don't see the point on a new or very young HDD. Maybe a quick benchmark or two to make sure no glaring problems and possibly a full chkdsk.

That's the whole purpose of the test. Filter out the really flaky drives and RMA them early on. A constant write and erase loop for 48hrs is the same activity some people put on their drives in 3 months.
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Has anyone used SeaTools? It doesn't seem to be restricted to only Seagate drives and it allows to scan internal, external and laptop drives.
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