Tools for checking a new hard drive
I've got a new HD since my old one was starting to get crampy and I'm wondering if it'd be a good idea to do some sort of a check up before starting to use it. I intend to redo everything, GNU/Linux install, data partitions, even trying LVM (a friend on Libervis IRC actually offered to do a whole presentation showing how to install Intrepid from scratch with LVM set up so that's something I can hardly refuse ).
When I was still choosing which to buy and reading some reviews I've seen some people running tests and checks on HD's to see if it's really ok. It works here (shows in cfdisk), but I'm thinking it wouldn't hurt to do a quick check up before I start pounding data on it.
So.. anyone recommends doing that and if yes, which tools would you recommend using?
Oh.. and if anyone's curios.. I got Western Digital Blue Caviar AAKS 640GB (new Seagates 7200.11 series were getting a little too many bad reviews for dieing lately so I decided to avoid that).