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diagnose an external usb/firewire harddisk for problems?

Posted on 2004-10-04
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Does anyone know software to diagnose an external USB/firewire harddisk with S.M.A.R.T. or something like that to be sure that the drive is fine?
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Try Everest: http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en&pageid=3

You can also try the manufacturer's diagnostic program, but those are designed to be run directly off an IDE controller, so I don't know what USB will do to the results.  You could always take the drive out of the enclosure and connect it directly to the IDE controller.

Maxtor/Quantum http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
Fujitsu http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic
Samsung http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html
Seagate http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/
www.westerndigital.com 
IBM and Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT 
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