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#1 Leurgy

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 09:50 AM

If you are installing a new Hard Drive the following Tools and Utilities will facilitate Partioning and Formatting in preparation for installing an Operating System.

If you feel you are having problems with your Hard Drive some manufacturers have Diagnostic Software. Running these programs can quickly identify an issue or eliminate the Hard Drive as the source of a problem.

Is your Hard Drive making strange noises? Listen to manufacturer specific noises that indicate a defective drive

Identifying your Hard Drive Make and Model Number

If you are unsure or unaware of the Make and Model Number of your Hard Drive(s) use one of the following utilities to provide that information, in order to make effective use of this guide.

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
EVEREST Home Edition

The following is a brief description of the various tools and links to the respective manufacturers organized alphabeticaly.

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Fujitsu

Fujitsu offers some useful tools and some that should only be used with expert advice. The utilities listed below can be used safely by the average user. Other tools available on the linked page can be harmful and should only be used to correct a specific issue with full knowledge of the consequences.

Diagnostic Tool Ver. 6.3 (For IDE/ATA Hard Disk Drives)
2 diagnostic modes:

Quick Test - does random seek/read tests. (Approx. 1 minute)
Comprehensive Test - also performs surface scan. (Approx. 6 minute)
* Runs only under DOS from a bootdisk.

Diagnostic Tool Ver. 6.3 (For SCSI Hard Disk Drives)
3 test modes:

Quick Test - a basic operational test. (1 to 3 minutes)
Standard Test - also performs Read/Write test. (20 to 25 minutes)
Extended Test - also verify and surface test. (30 to 70 minutes)
* Supports Windows NT/98/2000/2003/XP
* Requires Adaptec's ASPI32 driver.

Fujitsu Erase Utility

Note: This program works only with any FUJITSU IDE/ATA hard disk drives
This procedure performs a pseudo-formatting to the drive. It erases all of your previous data and reinitializes it to "00" pattern. By performing this task, you will be able to erase the whole user area including your Master Boot Record, Partition Table, FAT (File Allocation Table), and all the files and data it refers to. Use this program if you want to be sure your drive is clean.

Warning:
All the previous data will be lost when performing the 'Erase' task.
Please backup all your important files and data before running this program.

All the above utilities are available from, Fujitsu Support and Downloads



Hitachi

Hitachi has taken over the IBM DeskStar/TravelStar line.

Drive Fitness Test

This download creates a self-booting DOS diskette to run the DFT utility. The Drive Fitness Test (DFT) provides a quick, reliable method to test SCSI and IDE hard disk drives, including Serial-ATA IDE drives. The Drive Fitness Test analyze function performs read tests without overwriting data. However, Drive Fitness Test is bundled with some restoration utilities that will overwrite data.

Choose from a bootable floppy, a binary bootable floppy for non-Windows systems or a bootable CD image.

OGT Diagnostic Tool

The OGT diagnostic tool is a failure analysis tool for Ultrastar 10K300, Ultrastar 15K73, and DK32XX products.
Use this tool instead of DFT for Ultrastar 10K300, Ultrastar 15K73, and DK32XX drives only.
Performs diagnostic testing and failure analysis.
Windows version only.
The OGT will perform necessary tests to the drives and can perform failure analysis automatically


All Hitachi Downloads



Maxtor, Samsung and Seagate

Since Seagate has aquired Maxtor, and Samsung, one diagnostic tool is used for all 3 drives:

SeaTools



OnTrack Data Advisor
Note: Support for FAT formatted partitions only

This utility includes a Ram testing function as an added bonus.

Quick Functional Test.
Performs random reads and seeks on the hard disk to check for catastrophic physical problems.
SMART Status Check.
Informs you of any warnings or alerts that have been set by the hard drive. SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a technology embedded by manufacturers into many hard drives to offer an early warning of failures.
Complete Surface Scan.
Verifies the physical integrity of the hard disk platters by reading every sector on the hard disk.
File Structure Test.
Reads and verifies the integrity of the File Allocation Tables (FAT) on DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, 98, Me, NT*, 2000* and XP*. Checks critical boot sectors, reads the Master Boot Record and cross-checks partition tables and CMOS.
System Memory Test.
Exercises and verifies the integrity of the memory in the computer system and detects defects and errors

Data Advisor
Note: Support for FAT formatted partitions only

This utility works with any Hard Drive.

Data Advisor® is a simple, yet powerful computer diagnostic tool for assessing the condition of your computer system. Data Advisor quickly assesses the health of your hard disk drive, file structures, and computer memory by identifying problems that could cause data loss. Don't worry if you can't boot your system to Windows; DataAdvisor is self-booting, so it runs even when your system won't. This comprehensive computer diagnostic tool can be used to both diagnose current problems and/or as part of a regular maintenance program to identify potential problems that could lead to data loss.

Data Advisor



Toshiba

Various harddrive tools:
http://storage.toshiba.com/storage-services-support/warranty-support/software-utilities#diagnostic



Western Digital

Western Digital has a variety of tools. All the following Tools are available from Western Digital Service and Support

Data Lifeguard Tools 11 for Windows

If your computer system already has a hard drive installed with an operating system of Windows 98SE or greater, you should use the Windows version of Data Lifeguard for best results.


Data Lifeguard Tools 11 for DOS

The DOS version is required if installing a hard drive in a new system without existing operating system support.

VIEW INSTALLATION TUTORIAL - Instructions on how to connect your new hard drive to the computer.

SETUP YOUR HARD DRIVE - Setup a hard drive already connected to your computer.

DRIVE-TO-DRIVE COPY - Copy all the files or a specific folder from one drive to another.

HARD DRIVE INFORMATION - Jumper Settings and other technical information about your hard drive.


Use this if you are installing a Slave Drive, are having drive size recognition problems or to copy a drive.

How to use the Data Lifeguard Tools 11 CD to partition and format a drive larger than 137GB (128GB binary) in Windows 2000/XP.

How to use Data Lifeguard Tools 11 to install, partition, and format EIDE hard drives larger than 137GB (128GB binary) in Windows 98SE/ME.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic

The Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Tools are used primarily for determining the physical condition of your hard drive. If you are having computer problems which you suspect are hard drive related, you can test your drive with this tool.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows
This diagnostic can be run from within Windows. How to test a drive for problems using Windows Data Lifeguard Diagnostics.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Floppy)
This download makes a bootable floppy. OPTION 2: Creating a diagnostic disk from downloading the Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (CD)
This download makes a bootable CD. How to create a Data Lifeguard diagnostics bootable CD.

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 06:31 AM

FWIW, here's a link to another list: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

It includes these manufacturer's:

Conner
Fujitsu
Hitachi
IBM
Maxtor
Quantum
Samsung
Seagate
Toshiba
Western Digital


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Posted 21 February 2009 - 04:19 PM

Just as a thought it might be worth purchasing SpinRite 6.0. Saved my bacon on numerous occasions.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:24 AM

Just wanted to add EasyBCD to the list. Invaluable when you are installing new HD(s) on a new system and would like dual boot capability.

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 03:33 AM

Does a diagnostic tool exist for the iPod hard drive?
It would be interesting to see...

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 08:40 AM

Does a diagnostic tool exist for the iPod hard drive?
It would be interesting to see...


Google it and see if you can I'm sure there must be.

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 09:31 AM

iPod Diagnostic Mode

Some additional information:
http://www.finseth.com/parts/ipod.php
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:51 PM

Thanks so much for these links

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:58 AM

You might want to update the Samsung link since it is dead. Here is the new working link for Samsung diagnostic tool.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:26 PM

How to know hard drive type/SATA, ATAPI etc/ in Windows XP without using special program? /SIW, EVEREST etc/

Edited by k263, 28 April 2011 - 02:58 PM.


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Posted 28 April 2011 - 04:32 PM

I suppose by opening the computer up and looking at the hard drive itself.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:44 AM

Is your Hard Drive making strange noises? Listen to Noises that indicate a defective drive


That link is no longer online
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Posted 31 July 2011 - 06:43 PM

New link added.
Thanks for pointing out the dead link, s1lents0ul. :thumbup2:
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 07:49 AM

New link added.
Thanks for pointing out the dead link, s1lents0ul. :thumbup2:

Also can you fix the Samsung link. The working link is in post 9.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 06:15 PM

how about UBCD
this is a diagnostic tool for all hardware i mostly use it for hard drive testing...
it has all the big manufactures on there WD seagate Toshiba Hitachi and more.




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