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Re: How to test a hard disk?

On Sat, Nov 01, 2003 at 03:57:18PM +0200, Mihalis I. Tsoukalos said
> Dear list,
> I have the following question:
> I have an old hard disk that I want to check.
> What can I do?
> Which log files should I check for error messages?
> (I only have ssh access to the machine, no console).
> I look at /var/log/messages and /var/log/syslog. Is it enough?

That will show you any errors the kernel spits out.  Maybe let bonnie++
hammer your disk for a couple of days, with varying file sizes?  I'd
feel pretty confident with a disk that held up under that.  Also, run
things like "integrit" or "tripwire" which will verify the contents of
your disk and point out files that have changed.  You'll need to weed
out the ones that should have actually changed to find the ones that
have been hit by disk corruption, though.

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