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im thinking of buying several used harddrives, so what is the best way to test them?

I really need space for work (large jpegs and psd) and new harddrives are still ridiculously overpriced
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If it is for work..... Definitely run them in RAID1, 10, 0+1, or 6.


Check the SMART values and scan for bad sectors.
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post #3 of 11
All I can think of is using Active SMART to check them but then you'll want to do some benchmarks on them too to see how well they'll hold up. I would hope the HDDs you're buying are not too used, beyond a year or two, because then the warrenty isn't even good on them anymore.
post #4 of 11
this should give you some indicators of if there are current problems with the drive, but it'd be a guessing game to see if they would be healthy in 6 months. i would check to see if they still have a warranty, and if so how long is left.
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thanks everyone for the quick info.

what are "SMART values" ? do i check them in the bios?
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thanks everyone for the quick info.
what are "SMART values" ? do i check them in the bios?

SMART are values that the HDD maintains and assist in warning about errors.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.

You have to load an OS and run a program like HD Tune to read these values. The storage driver also has to support this... AMD SATA controllers are bad at this support.
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You should take a look at MHDD, which scans entire hdd for bad/slow sectors.
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I think it depends on the brand. If they're WD, you can just run WD Data Lifeguard I believe, and you can scan for bad sectors.
 
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SMART are values that the HDD maintains and assist in warning about errors.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
You have to load an OS and run a program like HD Tune to read these values. The storage driver also has to support this... AMD SATA controllers are bad at this support.

ok thanks ill get hd tune for testing
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I think it depends on the brand. If they're WD, you can just run WD Data Lifeguard I believe, and you can scan for bad sectors.

i just got the drives. they are all WD color black. ive never seen a black harddrive. oneeyedsmiley02.png
they are installed on my sig rig right now.

After running error scan with HD tune, what else should I do to test the HDD?
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