Drive diagnostic utilities compendium


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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...
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.


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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!

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).


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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.
Any of you guys have experience with HDD regenerator? thanks



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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.


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Any of you guys have experience with HDD regenerator? thanks

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.
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.


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


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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.
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?