universal HDD test prog

  iqs 17:16 28 Jun 2008


I'm after a piece of software which is universal with regards to testing the various makes of HDD that are available,and free ;-)


  Pamy 17:23 28 Jun 2008

there may be ,but I think it much better to get the manufactures one for their disk ,not a problem to go to thir site and download

  daba 22:06 28 Jun 2008

Your PCs BIOS and Windows itself do a fair amount of testing.

And modern drives have in-built systems that will warn of impending problems [S.M.A.R.T.]

What level of "testing" are you needing ?

  iqs 09:27 29 Jun 2008

I'm not sure of the make of HDD,until I check it.I wanted to go prepared when I check my mates PC.

The basic tests,copy/read etc etc.

Thanks Pamy and daba

  brundle 09:33 29 Jun 2008

Hitachi's one works with quite a few other makes.
click here

  iqs 22:53 30 Jun 2008

brundle for the link,cheers

  woodchip 22:54 30 Jun 2008

So how are you going to use the program? without buying the discs

  woodchip 22:56 30 Jun 2008

So how are you going to use the program? without buying the discs

"Seagate Seatools" as a Generic scanner if you just want to test the disc you have

  iqs 17:31 02 Jul 2008

woodchip,can you please explain 'So how are you going to use the program? without buying the discs'.Not to sure what you mean.
I have a Seagate HDD,and have their scanner,but I used a WD scanner on Samsung HDD,it didn't like it.
Hence the universal scanner.


  woodchip 18:36 02 Jul 2008

You need Seagate Seatools, click here

You need to run it from a Floppy disc, put a floppy in the drive and double on the seatools after you have downloaded it. This will create a Boot Floppy that you can boot the computer and test your drive. You need to change the boot order so that floppy is set to first boot device in BIOS followed by the Hard Drive

  MarvintheAndroid 21:27 02 Jul 2008

You can get a small proggy called Smart Explorer by Adenix, this makes the HDD's built in SMART records visible and gives an indication of whether the drive has a history of errors and has become degraded.

click here

I haven't used it, but I use its predecessor Smart Indicator which has sadly been discontinued. You do need to install it though, which is no good if you can't boot.


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