Drive Testing Software Settings
If running the tests can influence the final results, imagine what using different settings can do.
- HD Tune Pro
By default HD Tune and HD Tune Pro are setup to quickly test a drive and not run a 100% accurate test. On two occasions I was able to identify a defective drive simply by running the accurate test. The default test passed over the affected memory block, but the test in full accurate mode identified the issue and reported an error.
After you have verified that the software is configured properly you can start your testing. Here is a video that will walk you through the first four tests.
- HD Tach
HD Tach doesn't have a whole lot of test options, but these are the settings that we use.
- Everest Access Time
We use Everest for two tests; read and write access times. Everest is one of the few programs that will test access time down to the hundredth of a second; most only go to the tenth. The tests are easy to setup, but there is a catch. Some drives will not run the write access time test correctly without a partition. Also, if you do not do a restart cycle after installing a new drive, the drive names will not match what drive you are testing.
After your Everest Access Test it is time to partition the drive.