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

Western Digital - EIDE drives Hitachi fitness test -  EIDE drives Maxtor -  EIDE drives
diskette diskette diskette
CD iso CD iso CD iso
WDC downloads Hitachi downloads Maxtor downloads
Jumper settings Jumper settings Jumper settings
Error codes Error codes Error codes
warranty check warranty check warranty check
RMA (product replacement) RMA (product replacement) RMA (product replacement)
WDC storage devices Hitachi storage devices Maxtor storage devices


Toshiba -  EIDE drives Seagate -  EIDE drives Other  EIDE HD drive  manufacturers
Diskette - not available

Use Hitachi utility - see here.

CD iso - not available CD iso Fujitsu 2.5" new and Discontinued Hard Drives   

 Other site

jumper settings jumper settings Samsung
error codes error codes  
troubleshooting troubleshooting  
    Quantum / Conner
Toshiba Service and support site Seagate Hard Drive support site Google search results
Hard Drive  recovery Utility    

The following SATA information added 7/2007

Western Digital - SATA drives Hitachi fitness test -  SATA drives Maxtor -  SATA drives


diskette diskette diskette
CD iso CD iso CD iso
Windows version Windows Version Windows Version
WED Support Hitachi Support Maxtor Support
    Hard Drive Troubleshooter.


Seagate - SATA drives    
CD iso    
Windows Version    
Seagate Support    
Hard Drive Troubleshooter.    

Third party diagnostics or utilities for testing hard dives.

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 hard drive. http://www.hdtune.com/

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 & Linux. 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.
available at www.download.com

Particle Fury 1.45 - is a fresh new benchmark program for Windows systems that tests your system's memory performance. Available at http://www.majorgeeks.com/

SpeedFan - Tests the computer's hardware temperatures. http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
I8kfanGUI  - tests the fan in Dell Latitude / Inspiron / Precision notebooks.  http://www.diefer.de/i8kfan/

>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) : 


* Free Defraggers / Defragmenters / Defragmentation Tools

Data recovery from a crashed or failing hard drive

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:

See this Dell Technical notice for reference:  How to Run the Hard Drive Disk Self Test( DST) on a Dell Computer .

Article ID:   298970
Date Published:   2/15/2008
Last Revised:   3/12/2008

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"