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Kudos to NomadBSD

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Hard disk drives (HDDs) can only really catch bad disk sectors during read-time and not during write-time as discussed in the last blogpost on activating Write-Read-Verify with FreeBSDs camcontrol(8) command. This just leaves the question of how to run FreeBSD's camcontrol(8) command on an MS Windows laptop or PC. Booting NomadBSD from a cheap USB stick provides a solution. Additionally, it also provides a way to run smartctl --test=long.

On a side note, MemTest86 is also an interesting testing tool if a laptop or PC flakes out in weird ways and it isn't disk related.

On another side note, linking to NomadBSD from FreeBSD's download page makes it discoverable. Whoever placed it there seemingly was successful.