Brand New HDDs & Testing Orientation (Horizontal or Vertical)

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the_physio

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Hi Team,

A couple of questions.

1. What is the recommended SpinRite Level to test a brand-new HDD to check for any issues before I start using it?

2. Does the orientation of the HDD make any difference when using SpinRite – Horizontal or Vertical? For instance, if the HDD is to be housed in a Horizontal orientation, then should it be tested in this orientation or does it not matter if it’s tested in the Vertical orientation?

Cheers.
 
1. What is the recommended SpinRite Level to test a brand-new HDD to check for any issues before I start using it?
I recommend Level 5.

2. Does the orientation of the HDD make any difference when using SpinRite – Horizontal or Vertical?
It's not supposed to make any difference, but I would probably test them in the same orientation they're going to be deployed in.
 
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Hi Team,

A couple of questions.

1. What is the recommended SpinRite Level to test a brand-new HDD to check for any issues before I start using it?

2. Does the orientation of the HDD make any difference when using SpinRite – Horizontal or Vertical? For instance, if the HDD is to be housed in a Horizontal orientation, then should it be tested in this orientation or does it not matter if it’s tested in the Vertical orientation?

Cheers.
I agree with @ColbyBouma on Level 5 *except* if the drive is extremely large (several terabytes). In that case, it may take longer than you want to wait. I believe my 8TB spinner took 14 hours to run on level 2. What you can do is start a scan, wait 5 minutes, and see what that estimated completion time is. If it's longer than you want to wait, drop it down a level and try again, til you get to a completion time you can live with.