Hard Drive Diagnostics
Below are links to hard drive diagnostics from the
manufacturers. Links are given for the diskette version and
the CD iso image.
The following IDE information added 7/2005
The following SATA information added 7/2007
Third party diagnostics or utilities for testing hard
|Hard Drive tune -
HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which has the following functions:
HD Tune is a hard disk
benchmarking and information tool. You can use
it to measures the raw performance of your
drive(s), including transfer rate, burst rate,
access time and more. In addition, it provides
detailed information about supported hard drive
features, as well as current temperature,
S.M.A.R.T. Information (if available) and an
error scanner. Checks for bad sectors on the
HD Tune can be run while in Windows or from a CD ( Ultimate
boot CD is a great example)
Pass-Mark Burn-in Test - Computer stability and reliability testing
software for Windows
BurnInTest is a software tool that heavily loads all the major
subsystems of a computer with the aim of thoroughly exercising the
hardware in a PC in a short period of time.
Particle Fury 1.45
- is a fresh new benchmark program for
Windows systems that tests your system's memory performance. Available
Tests the computer's hardware temperatures.
>Defrag utilities -
a badly fragmented hard drive will slow down processing
time. Windows XP and VISTA have built in defragment utilities but there are
third-party utilities that work great!
* In XP, there are several methods to start
a defrag (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848)
Start -> Programs ->Accessories->System
Open My Computer, Right click on the on
the local volume, select properties, On the Tools tab select defrayment now.
* In VISTA:
* Free Defraggers /
Defragmenters / Defragmentation Tools
Data recovery from a crashed or failing hard drive
- I have been using
Final Data 2.0 for several years. IT HAS A HIGH SUCCESS
- Disk Investigator
is fairly new to me but appears to do a fairly good job.
(both free at www.download.com )
- A new utility as of 2006,
Rite, has not been tested too often by me yet but is
advertised as a good utility. See here
for information. Other utilities are out there!!
Permanently delete hard drive data.
Hard drive zeroing procedures on Windows-based computers
Hard drive zeroing procedures on Macintosh computers
Windows XP System Information (start, programs, accessories, system
tools, system information) utility as well as
Belarc Advisor, provide
information on your hard drives that may not be available in Device Manager or My Computer
Dell computers either have quick diagnostics built-into the image or on a CD
they provide with the computer.
To access the Dell quick diagnostics:
- Press F12 during the prompt to do so in POST
- On newer Dell laptops, hold down the 'Fn' key then press POWER
- On newer Dell desktops, during POST, hold down the CRTL,ALT, D
keys to access the 90/90 hard drive diagnostics.
- Boot off the diagnostics CD that shipped with the Dell. If you lost the
CD, some diagnostic ISO files are available for download through the
Drivers Download page
See this Dell Technical notice for reference:
How to Run the Hard Drive Disk Self Test( DST) on a Dell Computer .
Request a set of original CDs, which include the operating
system, Drivers/diagnostics CD. The original CDs that shipped with your computer
can be requested from Dell. As of 7/10/2008 the link is
here. This link seems to change therefore if the offered
link is broken, go to
www.support.dell.com and search for "how to request backup CDs"