Testing New Hard Drives
Find out the disks on the system
Run the short test in the background1.
smartctl -t short /dev/ada0
Then run a conveyance test (for any damage during shipping)
smartctl -t conveyance /dev/ada0
Then check for bad blocks23.
badblocks -ws /dev/ada0
Then run a long test4.
smartctl -t long /dev/ada0
-a flag shows you everything about the drives
smartctl -a /dev/ada0
including the time remaining for the tests
Self-test execution status: ( 249) Self-test routine in progress... 90% of test remaining.
and the time it would take to run the tests:
Short self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes. Extended self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 529) minutes. Conveyance self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 5) minutes.
To see the results after the tests have run
smartctl -l selftest /dev/ada0