I have a stack of hard drives that I need to go through. I am trying to find the ones that are good enough to be used as replacement drives for drives that fail.
My question is how do you tell if a drive is good enough to be used?
I currently am using the "mkntfs /dev/sdc1" command in linux to do a full format of the drive in ntfs and initialize the device with zeros.
If that succeeds, does that mean that the drive is good enough to be used? Or is there a better way to test a hard drive?
mkntfs does not stress out the hdd, it only writes on it. You need to stress out the drive and that is not done by simply writing something.
the best free bet it the manufacturers diagnostic tool. Then
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