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We recently got a bunch of machines in data center and want to do stress testing for drive failures.

How to stress test for drive failures. Are there any tools available?

Are there any other important tests to do, before deploying the applications?

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windows ? linux ? have you tried the "stress" package ? –  Sirex Jul 14 '11 at 6:51
    
linux, stress package? –  Tusker Jul 14 '11 at 7:20
    
weather.ou.edu/~apw/projects/stress –  Sirex Jul 15 '11 at 9:23
    
I answered a question quite like this recently, it might prove helpful - serverfault.com/questions/547997/… –  Jordan Head Nov 4 '13 at 6:12

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If this is on Windows, you can use IOMeter. This will stress your drives as well as give you some performance benchmarks. Two birds with one stone. If it's VMware you can use iometer drive test templates on the unofficial vmware storage performance thread and compare with the community's results: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/197844

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If you are looking for possible drive failures you should run SMART selftests (the long one) and put some load on those disks (both sequential and random).

More detail cannot be provided without knowing your operating system, but guessing you are on Linux you should look into smartctl and bonnie++ man pages.

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