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stoolpigeon
08-21-2003, 01:10 AM
Anyone know a good program for testing a raid of hard drives?

Perhaps something downloadable? I have seen the name Disk Test mentioned, but don't know where to find it.

Thanks,
Chad

Gordon
08-21-2003, 11:42 AM
Disk test came with early versions of VT[2] but it only gives a rough idea of drive performance for read and write. However, if a drive is failing then even this tool will tell you that the performance is sub par and that is a good indication. OTOH, a similar tool is used in VT[3] when you run the auto configure utility, (start - programs - VT3 - utilities), which will also tell you that the performance is sub par and therefore may be an indication of a failing drive in a RAID stripe.

If you are testing for a failing drive then you should visit the web site of the drive manufacturer. They have disk drive testing utilities, but as you know they won't preserve data on a RAID, which is probably what you want.

wvp
08-21-2003, 08:05 PM
http://support.wdc.com/dlg/