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I wanted to know what people do to test drives before installing them in a RAID. I saw badblocks. Would write-mode, prior to installing the filesystem be sufficient in your minds?

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In mine surely will. On modern drives with all those SMARTs even simply zeroing it would be enough to see whether drive's healthy or not.

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Good enough for me, thanks. – songei2f Feb 4 '11 at 16:11

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