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Old 08-05-2004, 01:29 AM   #1
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Software for HDD testing


I'm not sure if this should be in hardware or software, since it is about both, so I will give it a shot here.

I am looking for a program that will throughly check the hardware of a HDD, something like a sector-by-sector read/write (I am not interested in any file-system checking).

I have the sinking feeling one of my drives is bad. I have only had it for a week, but I have heard it making clunking noises and on at least one occasion, some software accessing it froze.

But I want to be completely sure the HDD is at fault before I send it back in for a replacement.

I am not concerned if testing will destroy the data on the disk, since I have hardly had time to put anything on it, let alone anything irreplaceable.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 03:20 AM   #2
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Hi MS3FGX. It sounds jinxed to me. As you know, hard drives aren't supposed to make clunking noises, and if you've only had it for a week, my best suggestion would be to return it or RMA it now to whoever you bought it from. As long as it's only been a week since you purchased it, it should be no trouble exchanging it for another. I don't know offhand of any HDD diagnostic progs, but it seems (to me anyway) that you'd be putting yourself through a whole lot of unnecessary trouble and effort. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to discourage you, but if I were in your spot, I don't think I'd ever really trust a drive that exhibited unexpected behavior during its first week, and therefore if I were you I'd just return it now. If it does go bad, say, 6 months down the road, any attempts to exchange it are likely to be refused, so why take the risk. That's just my 2 cents, good luck with it in any case. -- J.W.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 04:15 AM   #3
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Re: Software for HDD testing

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Originally posted by MS3FGX
I'm not sure if this should be in hardware or software, since it is about both, so I will give it a shot here.

I am looking for a program that will throughly check the hardware of a HDD, something like a sector-by-sector read/write (I am not interested in any file-system checking).

I have the sinking feeling one of my drives is bad. I have only had it for a week, but I have heard it making clunking noises and on at least one occasion, some software accessing it froze.

But I want to be completely sure the HDD is at fault before I send it back in for a replacement.

I am not concerned if testing will destroy the data on the disk, since I have hardly had time to put anything on it, let alone anything irreplaceable.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Go to your manufacturers web site and see if they have a diagnostic program. For a Maxtor drive you will be searching for the Powermax utility for Western Digital you want Lifeguard & diagnostics disk not sure about the rest those are the only two brands I have. You may also want to look at installing the smartmon tools for your distro and giving them a long test.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 05:55 AM   #4
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Unfortunately, the Maxtor PowerMax software confirmed my suspicions, the drive is on it's last legs.

The reason I didn't try this first, oddly enough, was because this drive past the exact same tests before I installed it. Just goes to show how fast hardware can deteriorate.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 12:36 PM   #5
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Unfortunately, the Maxtor PowerMax software confirmed my suspicions, the drive is on it's last legs.

The reason I didn't try this first, oddly enough, was because this drive past the exact same tests before I installed it. Just goes to show how fast hardware can deteriorate.
Yeah it sucks I had a WD 120gb that was like 5/6 weeks old die earlier this year on me, luckily it was just a few days after the last backup so I only lost a little bit of info. The replacement has been working flawlessly though for over 6 months now sometimes you just get a flaky piece of hardware even if it is brand new.
 
  


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