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Hard Drive Diagnostic Tools

Posted: Dec. 5, 2011 - Jim Bernstein

If you are suspecting that your hard drive is on its way out or just want to check its health then here are some diagnostic tools from various hard drive manufactures to test the status of your hard drive. If you find that you are getting errors then it will be in your best interest to backup your data just in case your drive goes bad.

Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

  • This is a Windows version of the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics utility. The utility can perform drive identification, diagnostics, and repairs on a Western Digital FireWire, EIDE, or USB drive. In addition, it can provide you with the drive's serial and model numbers.

Seagate Seatools
Features:

  • A browser based application that will check ATA, SATA, USB (Generic Drive Tests only), and SCSI hard drives without having to turn off the system.
  • Desktop edition works with most ATA, SATA, or SCSI drives in desktop systems and has a 98% accuracy rate.
  • Ideal for SCSI or Fibre Channel drives in servers and workstations. Tests multiple drives simultaneously and sequentially. This version does not test ATA or SATA

Maxtor and Quantum PowerMax utility

  • The PowerMax utility is designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor and Quantum hard drives

Hitachi Diagnostic Tools
Includes utilities for analyzing, monitoring and restoring Hitachi hard drives.

  • Drive Fitness Test
  • Feature Tool
  • OGT Diagnostic Tool
  • SMART Defender

Samsung Diagnostic Tools
HUTIL

  • This program is used to diagnose the disk when a Samsung hard disk is suspected to have failures.

Fujitsu/Toshiba Diagnostic Tools
There are 2 diagnostic modes:

  • Quick Test - Takes about 1 minute to run and does random seek/read tests.
  • Comprehensive Test - takes about 6 minutes to run and also performs a surface scan.

Related Computer Tips:
Installing an IDE Hard Drive
The Difference Between Basic and Dynamic Hard Disks
Using Device Manager to Troubleshoot Hardware
Serial ATA vs. IDE Hard Drives

 

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