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Can Raspberry Pi perform Tests on HDD?

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by Assassin_012, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. Assassin_012


    Joined: Mar 23, 2010

    Posts: 730

    Hi, so I've bought some HDDs. And like all HDDs I receive, they need to be tested for any faults or if they pass the test before actually putting them to use.

    e.g. WD HDDs, using WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics to perform tests to see if it passes.
    4-6tb HDDs take around 2-4 days to finish running tests.

    I have a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ lying around and thought what if it can help run the tests for HDDs.
    That way, I won't have to leave my PC on for 2-4 days straight and this will greatly reduce power consumption since I usually run these tests on my main gaming PC.

    I did some searching and couldn't find any info about this.
    Does anyone have any knowledge about doing this with a Raspberry Pi? any Pi projects that I could have missed?
    Love to know if its possible.

    Thanks in advance
  2. maj

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 19, 2010

    Posts: 2,239

    Location: Newcastle

    If you can get Ubuntu installed you should be able to use something like smartmontools. I know there's a MATE version but whether it has all the repositories, that's something you will have to test.
  3. Assassin_012


    Joined: Mar 23, 2010

    Posts: 730

    thanks, this gives me a starting point. I'll do some research on it.