How to stress test a new WD or HGST Hard drive?

Dear experts,

Thanks to your HDD recommendations, I was able to snag a 4TB HGST Deskstar NAS drive at Newegg today.

Wondering how you guys stress test new HDDs (especially since Newegg is notorious for not securely packaging drives)

I used to run the following tests on WD Red and other WD drives using "WD Lifeguard Diagnostics":

Quick, Extended, Write Zeroes and Extended again...

For HGST drives, would you guys recommend "WD Lifeguard Diagnostics" or "HGST Windows Drive Fitness Test (WinDFT)"? I would assume the second one..

Would greatly appreciate any comments. Thanks for your time..
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Check out this excellent post from Gary Case:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Storage/Hard_Drives/Q_28037624.html#a38907942

Gary deserves all the credit for this. Regards, Joe
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I'd just use Data Lifeguard ... but the reality is either is fine.    The key thing is to fully exercise the drive.    As you can see in the post Joe linked to above, I do a fairly thorough "scrub" of all my new drives before using them.

By the way, Newegg seems to have made some significant improvements in their drive packaging and shipping in the last year or so.    All of the drives I've ordered in the last several months have come in their new hard-plastic "case" for hard drives; and been packaged with a reasonable amount of additional packaging so they don't "bounce" around in the shipping box.

Nothing at all like this package I received over a year ago -- which had $1400 worth of hard drives in it (about half of which I had to return to replacement) ... the drives were loosely packaged (a bit of bubble wrap) with almost no additional packaging -- so they had bounced all over that clearly mishandled box !!

Newegg Hard Drive Shipment
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks a lot, Joe and Gary.

Wow, that picture says a lot! Any little improvement over that would definitely be significant..

So, you'd still recommend these steps:

(1)  Run the Quick Test in WD's Data Lifeguard.
(2)  Run the Extended Test in WD's Data Lifeguard
(3)  Do a full Write Zeroes with WD's Data Lifeguard
(4)  Repeat #1 and #2  (i.e. run the Quick & Extended tests again)
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes, that's exactly what I do with any new drive I get (except for SSDs).
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focus15Author Commented:
Great, thanks Gary.

Since we're on the topic: Is there anything that you do for SSDs?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
For SSD's I simply do an error scan with HDTune  (I use the Pro version, but the free version should be fine).
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nobusCommented:
you can also copy a set of huge folders in a different location (another folder) eg make a coupel of folders like folder 1, folder 2
now copy the set of huge folders - several GB - to BOTH
thsi will be a good stress test - check the disk temperature while copying with speedfan, or another utility !
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks a lot Gary and nobus.

So, I ran the "Error Scan" on HDTune and got this:

HDTune
I assume I don't need to mess around with the other tabs for more tests, right?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Looks fine -- no other tests needed.
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks again for the insights.. :)
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focus15Author Commented:
The tests completed successfully on the HGST drive. Thanks again everyone.

Whenever the tests begin, I hear some rotating noise from the drive and then it becomes quiet afterwards...

Is that ok?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Yes, the first part of the test is a random seek test -- this will be relatively noisy;  then it settles down and does a read test of the entire drive, which accesses the cylinders in order, so there are no seeks other than track-to-track movements.
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focus15Author Commented:
Ah! Good to know.. Thanks again, gary..

The HGST drive seems to be noisy whenever it performs a copy operation.

This drive is the one that has a little space on the cradle.. Could that be the reason for the noise? Or is just routine seek?
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nobusCommented:
check if it is properliy fixed
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks nobus..

As mentioned in the other question, I had installed a third HDD on the desktop and according to the manual, only 2 screws can be used to hold the drive to the CPU.. After screwing those, this is how it moves on contact:

3 second video:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmttgy1h8o3f6f0/HDD%20Install.mp4
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nobusCommented:
that is not properly fixed; you'll have to look for a better fixation
this can even ruin the drive by vibration
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