I have a few questions related to testing a hard drive prior to placing it in the field and could use some enlightenment.
1a) How do you effectively use Spinrite to run a burn-in test on a new drive, ensuring that the drive is in working order and ready for use?
1b) Is there a better tool to use for question 1a other than Spinrite?
2a) How would I effectively use Spinrite (or another tool from question 1b) on older drives that have been in use for some time (in some cases, years) to ensure that the drive is still in good condition?
2b) Would running *any* kind of burn-in test such as the one proposed in question 2a damage the drive or remove or delete data from the drive?
The goal of questions 1 and 2 is to learn how to:
- test a new drive to be sure that it's ready to use and not defective in some way
- test an older drive that's been in use and has critical data on it without deleting any data on the drive.