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Non-manufacturer HDD diagnostic tools

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by alexw, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. alexw

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 May 2004

    Posts: 121

    Location: Glasgow

    Are there any recommended non-manufacturer specific HDD diagnostic/testing tools?

    I'm having myriad problems with a new Seagate SATA drive. However, trying to run the SeaTools tests on (any) of my drives just causes everything to freeze and I'm forced to restart manually.
    I'm not convinced that it is a problem with the drive though. I have Everest Home Edition running, and the SMART information it gives is all OK.
    Googling variations on "seatools freezes" makes me hope that it might be some other incompatability issue on my system causing the problem with Seatools, rather than a borked HDD.

    Anyway, for now, are there are good generic HDD tools that I can try instead?
     
  2. poltergeist666

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Feb 2003

    Posts: 381

    Location: Southampton

  3. alexw

    Gangster

    Joined: 18 May 2004

    Posts: 121

    Location: Glasgow

    Thanks

    I've ended up running Spinrite on all my drives overnight and today. Just the Level 1 pass, but so far I've not seen any problems.

    Takes a damn long time though on ~900GB total of drives.
     
  4. poltergeist666

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Feb 2003

    Posts: 381

    Location: Southampton


    No problem - hope you get your problem sorted out. :)