Author Topic: Testing hard drives  (Read 262 times)

Valiant

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Testing hard drives
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:56:57 pm »
I've been going through my old cupboards and finding loads of old 1, 2 and 3TB drives. Most are from old NAS upgrades. What's the best free or cheap software to test drives before selling?
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Kim

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Re: Testing hard drives
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2020, 08:59:48 pm »
Something like Ultimate Boot CD or Hiren's Boot CD would be my starting point.
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DaveJ

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Re: Testing hard drives
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2020, 09:41:51 pm »
Disks on the Ubuntu Live CD/USB

Re: Testing hard drives
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2020, 09:37:55 am »
I use this bootable USB Linux distro:
https://www.system-rescue-cd.org/

It has lots of excellen ttest utilities including https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Gattopardo

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Re: Testing hard drives
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2020, 04:58:20 pm »
Would doing a surface test for bad sector be a bad thing?  Or would a secure wipe deal with all that?