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How to test a used untested HD 2.5"?

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#1 jackz4000


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Posted 09 November 2015 - 11:04 AM

I recently picked up a few used untested Hitcahi 320GB HD's on the cheap thinking if any of them test well I can use them for back-ups. Never did this before so it was a cheap gamble. What is the easiest way to test them?


At first I thought I could install one on a spare laptop and see if Windows 7 w/SP1 loads OK. If it does then skip Windows Updates and use Scandisk.


I've read that there are many different programs that may be better. Too many. Any advice on testing these HD's? 


Could be scrap metal too. Just dunno?  Thanks

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 11:19 AM

I think you have a great idea!  One way would be to pick what appears to be the best of the used lot, and do a full [not quick] format.  I believe Windows Sys Internals has a logical checker [software-level] for hard-drives.  I'm at work, don't have the utility name[s].  Some 3rd party defraggers have a module for checking a hard-drive.

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 11:22 AM

The official tools for Hitachi drives are here:


I use a USB3 adapter for testing, but they could of course be fitted to a system as an extra internal drive, and this way would be faster than if you only had access to USB2.
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#4 jackz4000

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Posted 09 November 2015 - 03:52 PM

Thanks RolandJS and Platypus.  The HGST DL looks good to my eyes. Trying to make testing these as simple and yet comprehensive as possible for myself and it's new stuff to learn for me. To me it seems if the HD won't load Windows 7 that it has problems I don't want to deal with and I'll scrap it. If it does then there are many options for testing it further, since I don't want to use a bad drive for anything. Don't need a headache. Seems easiest to do in the Windows environment. Correct me if I'm wrong.


Saw the Sticky that Louis The Mod recently updated and I paste part of it here. Anyone have experience and feedback of any of these listed HD Utilities?


Louis:  "Decided to update this for more current info than previously posted here...for those who are looking for hard drive diagnostics to assess the functional state of questionable hard drives:


GSmart Hard Drive Test, Alexstrasza - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/565216/laptop-running-slow-tried-many-things-and-unreadable-files/?p=3613590

GSmart Instructions, jhayz - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/511963/slow-start-up/page-2

Using GSmart, AustrAlien - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/466793/bsod-windows-xp-media-center-edition/page-3#entry2837352


Guide, SeaTools For DOS - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/SeaToolsDOSguide.pdf

SeaTools for DOS Download - http://www.seagate.com/support/internal-hard-drives/consumer-electronics/ld25-series/seatools-dos-master/

SeaTools For DOS and AHCI - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/313457-seatools-dos-windows-how-use.html

SeaTools For Windows Download - http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-win-master/


Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Manual - http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/other/2779-701022.pdf

Data Lifeguard For DOS - http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=606&sid=2&lang=en

Data Lifeguard For Windows Download - http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=605&sid=3&lang=en


Hard Drive Test Procedures, MHDD, Zingo156 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/560617/60-100-cpu-usage/page-3#entry3574963

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