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SubjectRe: Hi is this critical??
> On Tue, Sep 17, 2002 at 10:34:10AM -0700, Andre Hedrick wrote:
> > Quietly it is the SHIPPER's Test.
> >
> > There should be an appilcation you run when you get the device.
> > If you fail to run it when you get first powerup the device, you are at
> > fault. To many devices have been smoked in shipping.
> Umm, that's crap. If the program is an x86 binary, I don't have
> the facilities to run it here.

No, it's not an x86 binary, it's in the firmware of the drive:

Execute Extended Self Test

smartctl -x /dev/hda?

so if you can send a S.M.A.R.T. command, you can run the test.

> Its their problem. Its a crap system. Period.

No, I don't think that you can expect drive manufacturers to replace a disc that you haven't taken care of, especially if it has been used as a football, (isn't that against FIFA regulations, though? Especially in the world cup example given earlier in this thread. I thought the specs of the football were quite strict).

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