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#1 OFFLINE   DarkSerge

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:25 AM

Greetings!

I just got myself a USB adapter for SATA/IDE internal drives. I have a few old drives laying around and now I can hook them up and see if they're any good.

Any good generic hard drive diagnostic tools anybody would recommend to check out these drives to make sure they're working properly? They all work well enough I can read them with the adapter but I want to scan and test them to see what condition they are in or if there are any issues. They've been in storage for a while.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:27 AM

If on Linux, install smartmontools and run this (replace sda with drive letter):
sudo smartctl -a /dev/sda | less

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:31 AM

Gsmartcontrol is a graphical tool to do the same.

Here are some Window's alternatives to scan drives for bad sectors: https://www.howtogee...drive-is-dying/
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 04:17 PM

I'm on Windows 10.

Sorry, forgot to mention that.
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:17 PM

View PostDarkSerge, on 10 May 2019 - 08:25 AM, said:

Greetings!

I just got myself a USB adapter for SATA/IDE internal drives. I have a few old drives laying around and now I can hook them up and see if they're any good.

Any good generic hard drive diagnostic tools anybody would recommend to check out these drives to make sure they're working properly? They all work well enough I can read them with the adapter but I want to scan and test them to see what condition they are in or if there are any issues. They've been in storage for a while.

https://www.seagate....loads/seatools/

Most manufacturers have special tools to check the state of their drives. Like the Sea Tools for Seagate drives.  :breakfast:
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:53 PM

View PostDarkSerge, on 10 May 2019 - 04:17 PM, said:

I'm on Windows 10.

Sorry, forgot to mention that.

In that case,
Start>Run>cmd <enter>
wmic <enter>
diskdrive get status <enter>
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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:54 PM

I have a Seagate, 2 Maxtors, a Hitachi, and one more I'm not sure of since it's in use but might remove it soonish.

So something that's decently universal would be best since I have different brands and makes.
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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:33 AM

https://www.lifewire...rograms-2626183
SeaTools looks like the way to go. I use Speccy fot a quick look at all hardware including drives.

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Posted 11 May 2019 - 08:37 AM

Well as I mentioned on post #6, there is a way to use a built in windows tool called wmic to do this.
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:37 AM

I downloaded SeaTools. I believe I used it before I put an SSD in my current system.

I will check out WMIC also. I haven't heard about it until I posted this so I'll give it a look as well.

Thank you for your input everyone.
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 08:51 AM

View PostDarkSerge, on 12 May 2019 - 08:37 AM, said:

I downloaded SeaTools. I believe I used it before I put an SSD in my current system.

I will check out WMIC also. I haven't heard about it until I posted this so I'll give it a look as well.

Thank you for your input everyone.

Great! Let us know how it goes. :thumbsup:
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Posted 12 May 2019 - 06:50 PM

SeaTools only recognizes one of the drives when connected through the USB adapter, so looks like I'll have to learn some WMIC commands.

I tested an old 40GB Hitachi drive and it failed the short and long read tests.
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Posted 13 May 2019 - 03:43 AM

Hello,

Western Digital's (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technology's) Drive Fitness Test program might be of interest, as well as CrystalDiskInfo.

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 10:36 AM

Info on the first program mentioned above
https://www.lifewire...-review-2624565

Portable version of CrystalDiskInfo
https://portableapps...skinfo_portable
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Posted 16 May 2019 - 09:55 PM

CrystalDiskInfo detects everything just fine. Even hooked up my previous system drive before my SSD and it's got a few cautionary marks.

I'll give Windows Drive Fitness Test a try :thumbsup:
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