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#1 don wolfani

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 07:48 PM

Hello there all.
I just have a quick question.
Is there any free linux software that is safe to use in testing to see if my harddrive is failing?
I have no reason other than the fact my netbook is like 7 years old now to be expecting a failure but i also wish not to lose data.

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 11:46 PM

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 04:41 PM

I do know in Ubuntu it has tool called Disk Utility where you can check the SMART Status of your hard drives. If you run a self test it will tell you the Health of the disk and if there are any problems.

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 01:36 AM

badblocks -s -v -n /dev/sdb1

Assuming that /dev/sdb1 is not mounted, not a swap partition. You don't want to test a mounted or otherwise in-use partition.

The "-s" means to show progress of the test; the "-v" means to be verbose; "-n" means to use a non-destructive (read-only, without writing) test.

Check the man page and it will give you some other options. Be sure NOT to use the "-w" (write data to the drive, or I prefer to consider it the "wipe out") option, nor the "-f" option.

From the man page: "if you think you're smarter than the badblocks program, you almost certainly aren't." (regarding the -f option)

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Posted 24 November 2011 - 03:34 AM

I would highly recommend that you use the tools available from the manufacture of your hard drive website.

http://www.wdc.com - Western Digital

http://www.seagate.com - Seagate/Maxtor

http://www.hitachigst.com/ - IBM/Hitachi Drives




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