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[ale] what exactly does a long smart hdd test do?

On 05/11/2012 12:06 PM, Ron Frazier (ALE) wrote:
> I looked at the man page for badblocks. badblocks -n looks promising.
> Can I run that on a mounted file system? Also, is there something I can
> use to test the swap area, which, in my case, is an 8 GB FILE? Or, will
> badblocks include this area in this case?

You should just boot with a live system and run a proper non-destructive
read-write badblocks run on it.  That will give you a complete test of
the drive or partition's surface.

	--- Mike

A man who reasons deliberately, manages it better after studying Logic
than he could before, if he is sincere about it and has common sense.
                                   --- Carveth Read, ?Logic?

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