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    Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Do you guys bother?

    What programs do you use if you do?

    Want to do a thorough scan and see if there's any bad sectors, etc

    Won't have an OS or Data on it so anything that does it from within Vista would be good
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Never bothered on a new disk to be honest.
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Cool, won't bother then
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Precisely - any bad sectors will have already been mapped out at the factory so very little point. If you get repeated errors on installation then consider doing a chkdsk.

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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    I use ActiveSMART or HDTune and each HDD manufacturer has their own set of tools too.

    Never used to bother but after buying two HDDs which were faulty and having the subsequent replacement turn out to be faulty as well, I now scan every new HDD, just to be sure.
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    I use MHDD myself. Always test new hard drives with it before using them.

    It gives some idea of the condition of the hard drive.

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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Full Windows format, then HD Tune for surface scan, then start copy (not move) data over, verify the contents, run idle for a day or two before I put them into production use.
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Nice

    I need to sort the partitions out as per the guide that's floating on here as well

    I have a Samsung with 6 "$Bitmap" errors, don't know whether to bin it or keep using it until it dies...
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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    MHDD as mentioned above is excellent for testing old drives. Even if no bad sectors are found, the latency figures are a good indication of how close your disk is to dying.

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    Re: Scanning/Error checking a new Hard Drive?

    Oh, wow, I've got a UBCD at home, I think it's on that, what are the odds
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