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Does anyone have a good way to test a disk before production use? I will be getting two new drives from Newegg and would like to test them before making a RAID array.

Would a (long) format be sufficient enough to find any surprises? I've seen a lot of drives in user reviews that died a week after their first use.

I found a post on Super User that recommended SpinRite, but I would prefer something free.

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What brand drives? – KCotreau Jul 27 '11 at 3:31
Look at crystaldiskinfo. Can give decent stats on your hdds health. – kobaltz Jul 27 '11 at 4:42
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you can use something like Hitachi Drive Fitness Test - it is a bootable CD which can perform full HDD diagnostics and many tests. I think it could also work with other HDD brands than Hitachi.

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Great, I'll check it out! – SkinnyGeek1010 Jul 31 '11 at 15:01

It a bit depends what You want to test ;)

Try HDD Regenerator (from Hirens Boot CD) for surface testing, error searching. For fast scan or temperature info, speed I recomend HD Tune.

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