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Vanzagar
12-13-11, 08:52 PM
I have an old PC Im piecing together and have 3 hard drives of about the same age and size. Is there any way or any program to see how used or worn or bad sectors each drive has?

In other words, or more importantly Id like to pick the most reliable hd or the one that will last the longest of the 3

Thanks,

Vanz

Roadhog
12-13-11, 08:58 PM
http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Will read SMART status.

nekrosoft13
12-13-11, 09:14 PM
my current favorite

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/manual-en/Main.png

http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html

Redeemed
12-14-11, 01:42 AM
SeaTools, Drive Fitness Test, WD Diagnostic Utility, there's a bunch out there.

If the mobo supports SMART make certain it is enabled and just run chkdsk from command prompt if you want something quick. :)

Vanzagar
12-14-11, 11:21 AM
Thanks nekrosoft13, gave that one a try, I was expecting it to do more reading and writing, sure comes up quick with a healthy status...

I would actually like something really thorough, that checks and scans the whole drive... anything out there that reads and writes to validate every aspect of a drive (sectors or bits or whatever they call it)... I wouldn't mind leaving it running overnight

I'd just be running it once on 3 drives then picking the best drive and closing up the computer and shelving the other 2 drives...

Thanks,

Vanz

ps. Didn't get a chance to try those Redeemed, will give it a shot tonight after work, thanks...

Starscream
12-14-11, 11:44 AM
Thanks nekrosoft13, gave that one a try, I was expecting it to do more reading and writing, sure comes up quick with a healthy status...

I would actually like something really thorough, that checks and scans the whole drive... anything out there that reads and writes to validate every aspect of a drive (sectors or bits or whatever they call it)... I wouldn't mind leaving it running overnight

I'd just be running it once on 3 drives then picking the best drive and closing up the computer and shelving the other 2 drives...

Thanks,

Vanz

ps. Didn't get a chance to try those Redeemed, will give it a shot tonight after work, thanks...

The Western Digital Data Lifeguard diagnostics has a good test for bad clusters. It also does the standard SMART tests that most of these programs do.

http://download.wdc.com/windlg/WinDlg_124.zip

nekrosoft13
12-14-11, 12:57 PM
Thanks nekrosoft13, gave that one a try, I was expecting it to do more reading and writing, sure comes up quick with a healthy status...

I would actually like something really thorough, that checks and scans the whole drive... anything out there that reads and writes to validate every aspect of a drive (sectors or bits or whatever they call it)... I wouldn't mind leaving it running overnight

that tool only reads, "translates" and show SMART info.

SMART system works in a way that when drive detects bad sector while trying to write to it, data is recorder by SMART, and then that tool will show that drive dected bad sectors.

Vanzagar
12-15-11, 12:59 PM
that tool only reads, "translates" and show SMART info.

SMART system works in a way that when drive detects bad sector while trying to write to it, data is recorder by SMART, and then that tool will show that drive dected bad sectors.

So nekrosoft13, what program do you use to perform a real thorough test of a hd, like detecting and setting bad sectors...

nekrosoft13
12-15-11, 01:39 PM
I usually run the disk though killdisk (formating/wiping app) overnight.

If errors are picked up, smart will report them.

frenchy2k1
12-15-11, 01:40 PM
Each manufacturer has their own tools:
- seagate uses Seatools http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/seatools
- Western Digital has Data Life Guard http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=612&sid=3&lang=en

For both product, choose "Extended Test" if you want a thorough check.