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AW: Heads up: no standalone diagnostics for latest WD drives

but then hopefully, they use as basic an OS, that could be booted via PXE. Any other is useless IMO. I know the seatools for example, they are not useful for ISP level operation, to test thousands of drives, because it fails while booting over network and there is no possibility for scripting and automation. Because of that, a specialized sysrescd or similar is a very good way to test the drive fitness when you have more than only a few drives to test.
And when bb fails, then there is no question about the tool. Only about the hardware. Controller, cabeling, port settings, hdd.

and as ISP you didnt have only drives of WD, have you? So a tool, which can test other manufactures too, is in my opinion much better than a special tool of the manufacturer itselfs. That was the point, Im talking about.

Or have you only a few drives to test? Because this is the ISP list. And ISPs normally have tens of thousands hard drives to test, like in our case.

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Von: Keith Edmunds [mailto:kae@midnighthax.com] 
Gesendet: Samstag, 7. August 2010 15:16
An: debian-isp@lists.debian.org
Betreff: Re: Heads up: no standalone diagnostics for latest WD drives

On Sat, 7 Aug 2010 15:06:25 +0200, rm@keyweb.de said:

> Why tying to use this tools?

Because it is (used to be) a simple, go/nogo test of a drive's fitness.

It was approved and written by the manuafacturer.

It tests in a known, controlled environment.

> Smartmontools and a badblocks test is good
> for every type of diagnostics

It was because of issues testing with bb that we wanted to run the
manufacturer's diagnostics.

> Ok not nice to hear about that fact, that WD did not support
> any other OS, but I my opinion thats nothing to concern about.

You're missing the point entirely. I'm not asking them to support Linux
(or Windows, MSDOS, VMS, RT11 or OS/8). I'm asking them to continue to
produce a standalone, bootable ISO that will test their drives, just like
the support page for the drive in question claims that they do.

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