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    Default Looking for a recommendation on bootable software to test hard drives.

    HI all,
    I suspect my hard drive is malfunctioning. I would like a recommendation on bootable software that runs diagnostic tests on hard drives. The drives are Western Digital 500GB configured in a RAID 1. Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Looking for a recommendation on bootable software to test hard drives.

    smartctl

    I think there is a UI package in the repos too


    check
    https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...light=smartctl

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    Default Re: Looking for a recommendation on bootable software to test harddrives.

    On 2014-04-02 01:16, Parthenolide wrote:
    >
    > HI all,
    > I suspect my hard drive is malfunctioning. I would like a recommendation
    > on bootable software that runs diagnostic tests on hard drives. The
    > drives are Western Digital 500GB configured in a RAID 1. Thank you in
    > advance.


    Seagate has a bootable CD for testing their disks, but it can also test
    generic disks. It is basically the SMART test. You can download it for free.

    Snag: it does not save the reports unless you have a real floppy drive.
    Maybe it prints them if you have a "real printer", that is, one via
    parallel port (I'm not sure of this, not tried in years).

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    Default Re: Looking for a recommendation on bootable software to test harddrives.

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2014-04-02 01:16, Parthenolide wrote:
    >
    > HI all,
    > I suspect my hard drive is malfunctioning. I would like a recommendation
    > on bootable software that runs diagnostic tests on hard drives. The
    > drives are Western Digital 500GB configured in a RAID 1. Thank you in
    > advance.


    Seagate has a bootable CD for testing their disks, but it can also test
    generic disks. It is basically the SMART test. You can download it for free.

    Snag: it does not save the reports unless you have a real floppy drive.
    Maybe it prints them if you have a "real printer", that is, one via
    parallel port (I'm not sure of this, not tried in years).

    --
    Cheers / Saludos,

    Carlos E. R.
    (from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)

    Western Digital also has such utilities, as do most. If you get it directly from WD, you need to install it in Windows first in order to create the bootable CD version of the diagnostics, if I remember correctly.

    However, if you get Hiren's BootCD, it includes (among many other things):


    • Fujitsu HDD Diagnostic Tool 7.00 Check IDE drives for possible defects/problems.


    • Fujitsu IDE Low Level Format 1.0 Low Level Format Tool for Fujitsu Drives.
    • IBM Hitachi Drive Fitness Test 4.16 Quickly and reliably tests SCSI, IDE and SATA drives.
    • IBM Hitachi Feature Tool 2.15 Allows you to control some of the features of the the HDD.
    • Maxtor amset utility 4.0 Utility for changing Acoustic Management on the hard drives.
    • Maxtor Low Level Formatter 1.1 Maxtor's Low Level Format Utility works on any harddrive.


    • Maxtor PowerMax 4.23 Designed to perform diagnostic read/write verifications on Maxtor/Quantum hard drives.
    • Samsung Disk Diagnose (SHDIAG) 1.28 Diagnose the disk when suspected to have failures.
    • Samsung ESTOOL 3.01v Drive Diagnostic, Automatic Acoustic Management, Enable/Disable SMART etc.
    • Samsung HDD Utility(HUTIL) 2.10 The Drive Diagnostic Utility.


    • SeaTools for Dos GUI 2.23 Text 1.10 versions to test Seagate or Maxtor Parallel ATA (PATA and IDE) and Serial ATA (SATA) interface disc drives.
    • Toshiba Hard Disk Diagnostic 2.00b Toshiba hard drive diagnostic utility.
    • Western Digital Diagnostics (DLGDIAG) 5.19 Quickly and efficiently verify the status of the drive.
    • Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools 1.24 Perform drive identification, diagnostics, and repairs on most WD drives


    and these are only the manufacturer's HD utilities, there are many others.

    ... and that is just the tip of the iceberg of the many Systems utilities this disk includes.

    It has been one of the main "toolboxes" that I have used for troubleshooting thousands of systems over the decades.

    You can get it here:

    http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd
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