with new Hard Drives do i extended test then format or the other way round or neither

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by google88, Jul 26, 2011.

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  1. google88

    google88 Registered Member

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    Hi

    with new Hard Drives do i
    • extended test then format
    • or the other way round
    • or neither

    I have had hard drives before that when i have been using the a few days then start erroring so i thought to do a couple of test this time before i start!

    i have 6 x 1TB drives WD caviar Green

    extended test took 2.20 hours
    format about the same so 4.40 each drive :blink:

    Am i doing this the right way round?

    Is it necessary (i would like to do a test)

    Before i had 3 returns with hard drive failing to backup then failing the extended test. then backing up , then failing again, then returning

    it was a pain

    i thought i'd start with the test first this time

    any advice welcome
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    I don't think there's anything wrong with doing both tests, however they're doing basically the same thing.

    In my experience, drives fail when they fail. Some don't make it out of the box, some last several hours or days, some last many years. Even if you test it for an entire day it could still fail the next time you use it.
     
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