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Best free hard drive diagnostic utility

what is the best free hard ware diagnostic app i can download and test my hard drive
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    Your hard drive manufacturer should have a downloadable application. Check their website. They are designed for this very thing. You can also go to start-->run-->chkdsk /r <--this will schedule a chkdsk for the next time you restart, scan for any errors, and try to repair any it finds.
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  6. aford10 said:
    Your hard drive manufacturer should have a downloadable application. Check their website. They are designed for this very thing. You can also go to start-->run-->chkdsk /r <--this will schedule a chkdsk for the next time you restart, scan for any errors, and try to repair any it finds.
    Better to first (download, burn and boot to a CD of, and) run the manufacturer's drive diagnostics, because in addition to repairing problems with the drive, CHKDSK /r will also perform it's proper and primary function, that of finding and fixing problems with the file system, which can cause very serious harm to one's data.

    I know this firsthand; a number of times I've had drives pass drive diagnostics, but have file system errors, and after running CHKDSK most of the data has been lost. (Fortunately, in each case I knew to make a copy of the data before I ran CHKDSK.) CHKDSK can be so damaging that I know (otherwise) sophisticated users who refuse to use it even when it is appropriate to do so, because they never forget the major trauma it can inflict upon data.
  7. There is a very good utility called spinrite for advanced testing.
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