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Disk Passed Certification. Wouldn't Initialize. Now What?

(@guitarflex)
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Short Version, after heavily investing in a loaded up ThunderBay, multiple computers and cameras, I'm broke and so I'm trying to recycle my old hub-powered drives for Carbon Copy local drive backups (won't bore anyone with why I don't use the ThunderBay for that). This led to taking my 2TB hub-powered Seagate drive from several years ago, wiping it, and certifying. It took 48 hours and the disk passed 4 rounds of certification with 0 errors. But when I tried to Initialize the disk to create the volume(s), I got this error:

"An error occurred during initializing a disk. This disk hung during a read. This disk should be replaced. You may have to restart your Mac before this disk will respond again." 

Now what? Did I really just waste 48 hours passing certification in order to find out that it actually didn't pass?

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 Sean 

 

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Topic starter Posted : 04/08/2022 2:39 pm
(@softraid-support)
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Certify is a low level, non OS test of the drive. it is intensive and confirms that the disk can reliably read and write data.

Initialize disk requires the disk to respond to multiple concurrent IOs, and SoftRAID also does a quick 10 second random access read/write test.

Your drive is failing in one of those tests.

 

Does it allow you to use Disk Utility to erase the disk?

 

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Posted : 04/08/2022 4:51 pm
(@guitarflex)
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Posted by: @softraid-support

Certify is a low level, non OS test of the drive. it is intensive and confirms that the disk can reliably read and write data.

Initialize disk requires the disk to respond to multiple concurrent IOs, and SoftRAID also does a quick 10 second random access read/write test.

Your drive is failing in one of those tests.

 

Does it allow you to use Disk Utility to erase the disk?

 

Thanks. I assume you are referring to Disk Utility in Finder. I do not know yet because I never erased the disk that way. It contained an old clone of an old computer that was transferred to another drive before I began. At that stage, I deleted the volume in SoftRaid and began disk certification.

After I restarted my computer again, SoftRaid did allow me to Initialize the disk and I was able to create volumes on it, but now with this answer, I will attempt to erase the disk if you tell me I need to. 

If the disk is in fact failing, obviously I'll replace it, just didn't want to do that unless the disk is truly failing. So whatever I hear back will determine whether or not I buy another drive!!! Want me to try to erase using Disk Utility and get back to you? 

Sean 

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Topic starter Posted : 04/08/2022 6:48 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@guitarflex 

If the disk passed a 4 pass certify, and now you were able to create volumes on it, I would use it. Especially if this is more of a backup than a primary drive.

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Posted : 05/08/2022 12:02 am
(@guitarflex)
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@softraid-support Thanks, I'll consider this issue solved then for the time being 

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Topic starter Posted : 05/08/2022 2:37 pm
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