Originally Posted by Irisservice
Gota love it first drive noisy...Fail
second drive passed...
third drive testing..
this is going to take a while...
Ahh, a DOA drive. Sometimes it's shipping damage, sometimes a QA slip from the factory. Still, I'd take a DOA drive over one that fails within a few months. It's more of a pain when they fail once they're in active use.
If it's going to take a while, you're doing it wrong. These are for a NAS, right? They'll all be run in the same case at the same time? My motherboard has 8 SATA ports. That's enough for an OS drive and 7 others to be plugged in - you should run all the extended SMART tests in parallel!
I can actually fire up a Linux LiveCD (Parted Magic, SystemRescueCD) and test up to 8 drives at once. Or I can pop 4 into my NAS and it'll run extended SMART tests on those for me. (So I guess I can do 12 drives at once?) Parallelize! The SMART tests only take about 4-5 hours, right? (guestimate for 3TB drives of that speed) 10-12 hours of testing and I'd be pretty much done with all of them.
If you want me to get more detailed on some of the Linux based testing methods, let me know.