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.TH DISK-FILLTEST 1 2019-10-21
disk-filltest \- Simple Tool to Detect Bad Disks by Filling with Random Data
.B disk-filltest
[\fB\-C\fR \fIdir\fR]
[\fB\-f\fR \fIfiles\fR]
[\fB\-R\fR \fIrepeats\fR]
[\fB\-s\fR \fIseed\fR]
[\fB\-S\fR \fIsize\fR]
.B disk-filltest
The number of hard disk produced in the last five years is huge. Of course,
this is the same number of hard disks that will most probably fail in the next
five years, possibly with catastrophic consequences for the particular user or
The simple tool disk-filltest can help, together with S.M.A.R.T. monitoring, to
check disks periodically and thus be forewarned about coming failures. The
function of disk-filltest is simple:
.IP \(bu 3
Write files \fBrandom-########\fR to the current directory until the disk is full.
.IP \(bu 3
Read the files again and verify the pseudo-random sequence written.
.IP \(bu 3
Any write or read error will be reported, either by the operating system or by
checking the pseudo-random sequence.
.IP \(bu 3
Optionally, delete the random files after a successful run.
The method is simple and effective, however, it of course does not verify other
files on the disk. That is a different task, which can be solved efficiently,
for example, using digup (a Digest Updating Tool) (
Another useful side-function of disk-filltest is to measure read/write speed
while filling the disk. Slow speeds may also indicate a future failure, or just
bad disk controlling.
See for more information.
\fB\-C\fR \fIdir\fR
Change into given directory before starting work.
\fB\-f\fR \fIfiles\fR
Only write this number of 1 GiB sized files.
Skip verification of files, e.g. for wiping a disk.
Only verify existing data files with given random seed.
\fB\-R\fR \fIrepeat\fR
Repeat fill/test/wipe steps given number of times.
The random seed is not changed between repetitions.
\fB\-s\fR \fIseed\fR
Use random seed to write or verify data files.
\fB\-S\fR \fIsize\fR
Size of each random file in MiB (default: 1024).
Remove files after successful test.
Immediately remove files, write and verify via file handles.
Written by Timo Bingmann
dd(1), digup(1), fio(1)