just wondering if anyone has had positive results with any particular hdd testing application over any other. smartctl and smartmontools (combined with gsmartcontrol) showed up quite a bit in my first search and eventually the long version of the self-test was able to confirm that my old drive was having issues, but wanted to see if anyone else had other options that might be helpful in the future.
i ask especially since my new drive (which is working just fine so far) scored in the old age or pre-failure across 18 different attributes when i first put it through both the short and long test at 6 whole lifetime hours. i did notice when i first got the drive that its manufacture date was a couple years ago. i figured that was part of the reason i got a decent price on it, but also wondered if that was the reason for the old age designation in 15 of those 18 attributes.
any thoughts are quite welcome thanks