[nycbug-talk] how to test dying disks?

Charles Sprickman spork
Wed Oct 20 14:27:44 EDT 2004

The best I can offer is to browse Freshports.org for recently added ports. 
I remember someone pointing me to something that was designed to "check 
out" flakey IDE drives...  I just can't remember the name.


On Wed, 20 Oct 2004, Isaac Levy wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've got a new one for myself here, and am shouting out for a url or somesuch 
> to point me in the right direction.  It's low priority here, this is for 
> personal fun...
> I've got a fistfull of failing drives here.  I'm not sure exactly how to 
> properly diagnose the broken drives, and don't want to trash the ones which 
> are still funcitoning- but I'm even having problems booting with the drives 
> plugged in (disk geometry crapola).
> Does anyone know any good shell utilities to diagnose and help me sort out 
> which drives are good and bad, any BSD os?  Looking for something which 
> justifies the time spent doing this over just purchasing some new drives...
> Perhaps tools I can use after booting from CD?  (btw, I'm stumped as I've 
> grown up in the Mac world of drive repair, always simple and intuitive gui 
> tools for this kind of thing when I need it...)
> Rocket-
> .ike
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