New storage drive. Should I stress test?

Edgar

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Hello,

I just got a WD Red 3TB drive. Just formatted it and was wondering if I should "stress/burn in test" it. Is it recommended? And what software is recommended?

I have another one of the same drive coming this week. They will be purely for storage of movies/music on my second computer for things like plex or xbmc.

Any help appreciated. Thanks!
 

drescherjm

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I always do a 4 pass badblocks read/write test (available on most linux livecd/usb) looking at the SMART with smartctl before during and after the 4 pass test:

Code:
badblocks -wsv /dev/mydevice

where mydevice is the device you want to test (most likely sda sdb ...)

With that said for windows users not comfortable with linux I recommend using a combination of a full format looking at the SMART data with CrystalDiskInfo before during and after the format.
 

AlphaG

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Hard Disk Sentinel can burn disks in. This will also let you know if you have a lot of bad sectors and can decide if you need to replace the drive. I think it's a good idea if you are not using some sort of error correcting file system or RAID such as ZFS.
 

Edgar

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Yeah no RAID. Even thought the drives are meant for RAID. I got them because it was such a good deal.
 

drescherjm

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Hard Disk Sentinel can burn disks in. This will also let you know if you have a lot of bad sectors and can decide if you need to replace the drive. I think it's a good idea if you are not using some sort of error correcting file system or RAID such as ZFS.

I stayed away from this due to the $35 cost however its on sale for $15.75 today so I purchased that..
 

x509

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I stayed away from this due to the $35 cost however its on sale for $15.75 today so I purchased that..

thanks for the info about the sale today. I just snagged the "family pack" version for less than the cost of 1 regular license. :D :D
 
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