Drive diagnostic utilities compendium

By Rick ยท 66 replies
Sep 11, 2003
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  1. hoy

    hoy TS Rookie

    hi guys! can anyone help me to solve my problem on my pc! i use my pc regularly but in the middle of working it restarting the windows! a little help is appreciated thanx...
  2. hoy

    hoy TS Rookie

    pls. help me! email me : email removed
  3. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    Post this in the right forum if u would.
  4. tb421ny

    tb421ny TS Rookie

    USe the seagate sea tools to check your drive, it works for every brand I have tried it on.
  5. Berlonson

    Berlonson TS Rookie

    if you have bad sectors on the hard disk, you'll need to low-level format it.

    I would keep a lookout on the hard disk. Developing bad sectors are a sign of failure.
  6. GBE300

    GBE300 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Updated List ?

    Hi All,

    I see the list was last updated in 2007. I am starting to get a lot of "cyclic redundancy check" errors out of utorrent and I have not changed anything in months on this PC.

    The drives are only a few months old ( 2 sata drives in a raid) and I am worried I may lose this stuff. I would love to hear some opinions on which of these would test best under vista. Thanks for any/all advice!

  7. jopower

    jopower TS Rookie

    The util list is missing one of the all time greats: SPINRITE (now ver 6). I've used it off and on since the 20 MB drive days and it would always give you the straight dope. It would also resurrect many drives or at least run them long enough to save the data when all hope was lost. If you REALLY have troubles, go to Gibson Research for enlightenment. :cool:

    see: GRC.COM

    The site also has other good utils and excellent data on the function and testing of all hard drives, ancient and new.

    My fave great little aplet: Shoot The Messenger (shut off or turn on Windows Messenger with ONE little util).
  8. Billh

    Billh TS Rookie

    Drive Management

    Installed a SATA Seagate Barracuda 3.5 1.5TB. Documentation says: After installing, Disconnect the Primary Drive...after following directions, I find that windows no longer booted! I did change the Boot Sequence. Thus, I now have installed; (d) Seagate SATA; (C) Samsung 160GB; (j) External LaCie 500GB.
    This configuration becomes rather confusing & I'd really appreciate assistance regarding Partitioning etc..particularly, what to move into the partitions.
    I use the LaCie for backups thus I shut it down when not needed.
    Thanks for any help.
  9. stpaul70

    stpaul70 TS Rookie

    Any of you guys have experience with HDD regenerator? thanks

  10. nork

    nork TS Maniac Posts: 306

    HDD regenerator is a good prog. So is spinrite. Hitachi drive fitness test works on all hard drives. Hitachi has some other products as well. Easy to google.
    A good program for wiping hard drives is DBAN.
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Yep, used it many years ago on a drive that had bad sectors, it worked. It says it remagnitizes the bad sectors, not sure exactly how well that works or for how long. But I know that it fixed the bad sectors I had and I never had anymore problems.

    The problem is that its really only going to fix bad sectors on an otherwise healthy drive, if the drive is starting to fail its not going to magically fix the drive. Confirm with one of the diagnostic utils (I prefer SeaTools) and make sure it passes all the tests.
  12. Basara549

    Basara549 TS Rookie

    Is there new Fujitsu software yet?

    My troublesome SATA laptop drive is in need of it, as the listed one not only is IDE-only, but can no longer be found on Fujitsu's own site.

    Oh, and as of MaxBlast 5, Powermax is either gone, or only works on its own drives. Powermax on Maxblast 4, of course, doesn't work on many SATA drive configurations.
  13. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Please does anyone know anything that can be done to a crashed drive that refuses to initialized from disk management utility?
  14. uzbuk

    uzbuk TS Rookie

    delete all drives by partition manager.
    then mount the drives again by testdisk (its free).
  15. oliverpowell

    oliverpowell TS Enthusiast Posts: 26


    Try this:
    Go to >> Start - Administrative Tools - Computer Management
    - Storage - Disk Management

    Otherwise, you need to format whole drives which may results in loss of all your important data. For that, you can switch to data recovery software which is helpful in case of recovering the lost or deleted data from the hard drive, Flash drive, USB etc.

    let me know if you want some more information about it.
  16. Thdemon007

    Thdemon007 TS Rookie

  17. RGBRGB

    RGBRGB TS Rookie

    Unfortunately you should mention that at least the Hitachi link redirects, and after finding the DFT elsewhere, only after running the program did I find out it won't work on the main HDD of my PC. Although I guess that would be obvious.
    The question is, how do you do a similar test on your main HDD?

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