[Nottingham] 'Memtest86+' for HDDs and SSDs?

Roger Light roger at atchoo.org
Wed Apr 25 22:31:59 UTC 2012

> (Or am I the only one to have had new HDDs "doa" or soon-to-die?)

I think a fair rule of thumb is that middle aged drives are safe. New
drives are unproven and if there is something wrong it's likely to
fail in the first few months. Old drives are more likely to fail
because of mechanical wear.

I reckon that if a drive reaches 3-6 months under normal usage then
it'll probably keep going for a good few years.



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