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- Select a drive to test from the bins under the workbench. Check for the following:
- Interface type and functionality - If the drive is IDE without DVD/RW, recycle it!
- Damage and dirt - Is anything broken or missing? If so, recycle it! Is it filthy? Try to clean it up, but if it would take a herculean cleaning effort to get it into a condition that you would consider saleable then just recycle it.
- Manufacture date - If the drive was manufactured in 2006 or earlier, recycle it!
- Jumpers (IDE Only) - Make sure the jumpers are configured so the device is set to Master. On most drives this is accomplished by placing a single jumper vertically between the pins closest to the IDE connection, though other configurations are possible. Often times a chart will be present on the drive's label.
- Make sure that the testing station is powered off, then attach the drive to the testing station's IDE or SATA cable. If the device requires a SATA power connector you will need to attach the converter to the standard molex power connector.
- Boot the system into Ubuntu. Note that the current testing station has BIOS settings for expected drives and may complain that it has not detected all expected drives; this message can be bypassed with a keypress (though is grounds for current considerations of testing system replacement).
Pay close attention to the capabilities of the drives you are testing. There are many different types of drives with many different combinations of functions that you need to be aware of when you are testing optical drives. -The basic features on the drives we test: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and DVD ram -These features are often combined into a combo drive, examples: CD-R/DVD-RW, CD-RW/DVD-R, CD-R/DVD+RW.