Checking Hard Drives

hard drive

Hard drive on the blink? Not sure? I've had good success testing hard drives with SeaTools, a hard drive scanning utility from Seagate. Although SeaTools was intended for Seagate and Maxtor hard drives, it works with any hard drive I've tested, including Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital, and Toshiba. The hard drive must be recognizable in BIOS to be scanned using SeaTools.
Download SeaTools from Seagate's website.

  • SeaTools for Windows can be installed and run within the Windows environment.
  • SeaTools for DOS is a CD image that must be burned (I recommend ImgBurn) or mounted before being used.

SeaTools does have basic hard drive repair options. Basic, I said. Nothing fancy.
Of course, after you know a drive is dying, then you have other choices to make...