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HDD Check

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:59 am
by ~FLOW~
Hello everyone !!
I would like to ask for your thoughts because I've search high and low for a linux tool that check a hdd for bad clusters.
In Windows there are hundreds of little programs that do this, but here in freedom-land so far I have found only 3'sh
badblocks - which for me is useless, I have tried it like 5 times on different hardware, different distros and different HDDs(1TB - 2Tb) and it always stalls after an hour or so.
Gnome-disk-utility and GSmartControl - seem to do the same tests, but for some reason for an external HDD(connected through USB) the Self-tests are greyed out
So far it seems that I have to use a Hiren’s BootCD or alternatives to this.

Do you have any alternative to this ?

Re: HDD Check

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:14 am
by darkstrike
Doesn't really help you much, but I find running tests on external hard drives depends on the hard drive enclosure/dock being used. I also use GSmartControl and I have some external drives/enclosures that let me do tests when plugged in via USB but other enclosures that, as you say, are greyed out. Is it possible to try your disk in a different enclosure?

Re: HDD Check

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:27 am
by ~FLOW~
darkstrike wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:14 am
I also use GSmartControl and I have some external drives/enclosures that let me do tests when plugged in via USB but other enclosures that, as you say, are greyed out.
With badblocks I can scan...but when I reach 30%-ish ... it stalls


darkstrike wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:14 am
Is it possible to try your disk in a different enclosure?
it is, but that not the real issue.
At work I have other HDDs that I have to check from time to time. So I have to use Windows software and it's that feeling that "Linux doesn't do this" that bugs me..

Re: HDD Check

Posted: Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:30 pm
by BG405
~FLOW~ wrote:
Sun Jun 14, 2020 11:27 am
With badblocks I can scan...but when I reach 30%-ish ... it stalls
Is it reporting any bad blocks before it stops making progress (and not just immediately before)? .. Reason I ask is that these types of disk operations can take an age.. listen and watch for any HDD activity. It might not actually be stalled, after all.

Re: HDD Check

Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:37 am
by ~FLOW~
it's not reporting anything
But the same I get to maybe 5 HDD-s I tried in my Linux years with badblocks.