[nycbug-talk] Re: how to test dying disks?

a nice bug nycbug
Wed Oct 20 15:11:46 EDT 2004

Isaac Levy:
> I've got a fistfull of failing drives here.  I'm not sure exactly how 
> to properly diagnose the broken drives

- mfr diagnostic program (usually downloadable diskette)
- mfr firmware upgrade (if applicable or supported)
- replace any questionable cabling with known good
- smart diagnostics if drive supports SMART
- fsck check bad blocks 

Out of warranty drives are usually not worth your valuable time!

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