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If the drives have S.M.A.R.T. technology you can use a third party program to check their condition.
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
Full write? Meaning what exactly? The entire drive? And why?

I'm genuinely curious as this is a question I have often wondered what the correct procedure is for a while now.

I've always ran the manufacturer's software & test's, then check with CrystalDiskInfo and fix minor amounts of bad sectors with HDD Regenerator.

That's just my ghetto routine though, lol.
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
Full write? Meaning what exactly? The entire drive? And why?

I'm genuinely curious as this is a question I have often wondered what the correct procedure is for a while now.

I've always ran the manufacturer's software & test's, then check with CrystalDiskInfo and fix minor amounts of bad sectors with HDD Regenerator.

That's just my ghetto routine though, lol.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1493080/how-to-validate-new-drives-before-deployment/0_100
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
Full write? Meaning what exactly? The entire drive? And why?

I'm genuinely curious as this is a question I have often wondered what the correct procedure is for a while now.

I've always ran the manufacturer's software
http://www.overclock.net/t/1493080/how-to-validate-new-drives-before-deployment/0_100
What could one use besides HDTune? The one time I tried its trial version, it reset all my power settings and corrupted several of my programs, two of the so badly, I had to uninstall and reinstall them.
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
Full write? Meaning what exactly? The entire drive? And why?

I'm genuinely curious as this is a question I have often wondered what the correct procedure is for a while now.

I've always ran the manufacturer's software
http://www.overclock.net/t/1493080/how-to-validate-new-drives-before-deployment/0_100
What could one use besides HDTune? The one time I tried its trial version, it reset all my power settings and corrupted several of my programs, two of the so badly, I had to uninstall and reinstall them.
I have never heard of that happening or experienced that happening. You can use the manufacturers tools.
 

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Do a full write on them.... then check for bad blocks and SMART data.
Full write? Meaning what exactly? The entire drive? And why?

I'm genuinely curious as this is a question I have often wondered what the correct procedure is for a while now.

I've always ran the manufacturer's software
http://www.overclock.net/t/1493080/how-to-validate-new-drives-before-deployment/0_100
What could one use besides HDTune? The one time I tried its trial version, it reset all my power settings and corrupted several of my programs, two of the so badly, I had to uninstall and reinstall them.
I have never heard of that happening or experienced that happening. You can use the manufacturers tools.
I agree, it is odd, especially since it is such a popular tool.

I've tried using WD's tool and it won't work with anything running off my HBA card (LSI 9211-8i). That's where two of my internal HDDs are connected as well as both of my hot swap bays.
 

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I always do one full format on my new drives when I get them.
Sure it is slow, but it's one simple way to test them with really no effort.

Beyond that kind of simple testing, Sean's guide looks good to follow.
 
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