tend to use powermax hard drive testing software to test machines when they come in for repair. problem is that i am getting contradictory results when the machines have asrock motherboards. powermax invariably fails most maxtor hard drives on these systems but if i then test the drive on another mobo the drive invariably passes.
also some drives pass the test but it takes so long to test them that they are clearly worn/faulty.
also do not trust powermax when it tells me that it has repaired drives as 2 machines came back within the month after this message and a clean install xp. is it safe to reuse these hard drives are not?
are there better ways of testing hard drives than using the manufacturers diagnostic software.?
tried microscope 2000/quick test professional but they both failed to detect problems with several drives that had already failed the manufacturers diagnostic software.
so what is the best and most reliable way to test potentially faulty hard drives?