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Quicky. Need a recommendation for a harddrive test program.

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February 10, 2010 7:32:41 PM

Hi, could anyone name a good one (for troubleshooting)?

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February 11, 2010 12:30:01 AM

You can try SeaGate Tools for Windows, as it is compatible with most brands of hard drives.
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February 11, 2010 3:19:38 AM

Try HDTune to see if its running PIO mode, and you can check the SMART log there too.

Hope that helps.
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February 11, 2010 12:03:38 PM

thanks, but do any of those programs support SSD's? I need to try both SATA and SSD, so I'll still have use for the two suggested, just need one for SSD's too.

Edit: nvrmind, it seems to be working.
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February 11, 2010 12:18:41 PM

SSD is a SATA device; how the data is actually stored is unknown to the rest of the system. So as far as software is concerned, they can't see the difference between HDD and SSD other than that SSD's have much higher performance; they still follow the same transfer protocol via Serial ATA.

Can you post a HDTune benchmark? Then we can see instantly if its running in PIO mode.
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February 11, 2010 1:43:25 PM

I'll get right to it once the seatools is done (which should be any minute). Might be a dumb que, but what does PIO mode mean?
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February 11, 2010 3:17:36 PM



Is this the one u mean? I don't rly know how to interpret the test.
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February 11, 2010 3:26:15 PM

Looks fine to me. :) 

No PIO issues. You are using DMA mode.
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