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Old December 23, 2009, 08:45 AM
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Hello there,

Question for ya'll please, what's a good software that I can use to check if a hard drive is defective..
So far I've been using the Data LifeGuard Diagnostic tool in Win 7.. It does seem to detect errors on the bad drive (2 x 640gb, 1 is bad, 1 i'm unsure), but I still think it going too fast on the test, and not checking properly..

Thanks..
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Old December 24, 2009, 01:02 AM
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The most thorough I've seen is Spinrite, from Gibson Research Corp. It's not free though. It'll wipe, recover lost data, fix sectors windoze has closed and is also good for maintenance. Not sure you'd want to spend $80 on it like I did though. I use it almost daily, so it is justified.
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Old December 24, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Hello there,

Question for ya'll please, what's a good software that I can use to check if a hard drive is defective..
So far I've been using the Data LifeGuard Diagnostic tool in Win 7.. It does seem to detect errors on the bad drive (2 x 640gb, 1 is bad, 1 i'm unsure), but I still think it going too fast on the test, and not checking properly..

Thanks..
UBCD for DOS has a program called HDdat2 which I've used numerous times to find problematic drives.
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Thanks Curt!!.. :)
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Old January 18, 2010, 12:57 PM
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Get a current copy of Hiren's bootcd and use it to check for problems. Hiren's contains most, if not all drive vendor diagnostic software, and chances are when you call in to get an RMA they'll ask you if you used their software anyway, at least this way you can tell them, "Why yes, I did run Seatools and it said the drive failed with this code. Also, when I shake the drive it sounds like a can of spray paint." It will cut down your time on the phone dealing with monkeys.
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Hello there,

Question for ya'll please, what's a good software that I can use to check if a hard drive is defective..
So far I've been using the Data LifeGuard Diagnostic tool in Win 7.. It does seem to detect errors on the bad drive (2 x 640gb, 1 is bad, 1 i'm unsure), but I still think it going too fast on the test, and not checking properly..

Thanks..
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