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Best HDD Diagnostic / Testing Utility?

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April 8, 2012 7:54:10 PM

I have a new 2TB drive in the mail and I would like to be able to test it for errors when it gets here. I want something that will be able to run some simple tests to ensure there are no bad sectors or read/write errors, as well as check the SMART status. What software is popular for this today? Its been a long time since Ive had to run any HDD tests. Also, whatever software you recommend make sure its free because I'm kinda broke right now :D 

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April 9, 2012 11:23:22 PM

A couple of free ones:

1) Crystaldiskinfo - http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-...
2) HD Tune - http://www.hdtune.com/
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April 17, 2012 12:04:04 AM

Best answer selected by dopey117.
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April 17, 2012 12:04:56 AM

thanks to both of you, HD tune was what i have used in the past I just couldnt remember what it was called
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a c 116 G Storage
April 17, 2012 1:22:43 AM

Thank you!
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June 23, 2013 9:52:28 AM

Thank you for information, HD Tune is a good option. Cheers!:D 
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August 12, 2013 4:00:10 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
SpinRite is what I have always used tho I don't think I have needed to use it since 2006 or so....but it's not free.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

Other than that, the manufacturers own free diagnostic tools (available on their web sites) should suffice.

http://www.seagate.com/www/www.wdc.com/support

http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?level1=6&la...

http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/


Hi,

Can you fix the seagate.com link with this one,

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/

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