[svlug] stress test hard drive?

Aniruddha Mulay ani_mulay at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 25 11:59:20 PST 2003


Hello,

You wrote:

> I am looking for a disk stress test for linux.  Something like
> diskperf and verifyDisk for Irix.

> I have a laptop that appeared to have a failing drive, so I replaced
> the drive and a few months later that drive started to fail as well.
> Is it the drive or the laptop?  I plugged one of the failing drives
> into a workstation and want to stress test it and look for bad blocks
> over an extended period of time.  If the laptop is failing, I want to
> know before I waste any more time with it.

Have you tried 'badblocks' to see if there are any :-)
On my RH machine it's available under /sbin.

This is a sheer guess, but is your laptop overheating?

Have you tried monitoring that? Here is a link to an article
from Linux Journal website [dated Mar11,2003] which can be of
help.

Health Monitoring with lm_sensors
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=6712&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

> PS.  The workstation the drive is plugged into is a basic RH7.3
> install.

Regards,

(Ani)ruddha Mulay


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