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We have a couple 1.5TB Western Digital green drives on the way, and I have a quick question for y'all.

Is there such a thing as a hard drive stress test? Something that I can leave running for a day or so and let it read/write/overwrite the whole time? Or am I limited to running benchmarking tools over and over?

I ask because I've heard some stories about these drives failing within the first week. If these ones do fail prematurely, I would like it to happen as soon as possible so I can replace it.

Thanks.
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I haven't heard or seen of a hard drive stress test. All I have seen is a high drive SMART testing utility to show you any potential temperature or surface problems etc.
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every drive will fail once in a while, just depends how lucky you are.

dont think you will find a hdd stresser, but you can bench the read and write speeds

HDtune is a popular one
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Hm. Oh well.

Stories of failure seem to occur between the three day and one week mark, so I guess we'll know soon enough. I'll just keep a close eye on them for a bit. I'll check out HDTune.

Thanks anyway.
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I don't get it. You're stressing it so that it dies prematurely? That's like taking drugs and smoking while you're pregnant. Your kid will come out prematurely and could potentially die in the womb.
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The one I use is Hitachi Drive Fitness Test found here: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm The freeware program is great for all brand hard drives and doesn't overwrite your data. Make sure you run the advanced test. Takes about 4 hours/TB when I ran it.
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I don't get it. You're stressing it so that it dies prematurely? That's like taking drugs and smoking while you're pregnant. Your kid will come out prematurely and could potentially die in the womb.
Its like stress testing your RAM or GPU. If it dies within a short time, its bad, so return it for another one. At least, that's what I do.
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The one I use is Hitachi Drive Fitness Test found here: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm The freeware program is great for all brand hard drives and doesn't overwrite your data. Make sure you run the advanced test. Takes about 4 hours/TB when I ran it.
Thanks! I'll check it out!
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Stress testing a HDD? Hmm i would think that would put a risk of failure sooner when your not expecting it.
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I don't get it. You're stressing it so that it dies prematurely? That's like taking drugs and smoking while you're pregnant. Your kid will come out prematurely and could potentially die in the womb.
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Stress testing a HDD? Hmm i would think that would put a risk of failure sooner when your not expecting it.
I'd like to clarify something....I think a lot of people here are getting the wrong idea.....whenever the UPS guy hands you a brand new hard drive you ALWAYS want to run some kind of drive fitness test to ensure every sector is good like it should be from the factory. Most of the time hard drive DOA's or early failures are due to mishandling by the shipping company (namely United Package Smashers) Why in the world would you store/backup your data on a fresh drive without testing it first? I personally think the down time due to an early drive failure is going to be worse than running a fitness test to discover a bad drive.
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post #10 of 16
I just run a SMART check and HDTune health check on arrival.

these things follow bathtub curves so well it's silly.
after two-weeks you're probably in the clear 'til the thing literally just stops spinning years later
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