Solved

Looking for a diagnostic program that will tell me if my laptop hard drive needs to be replaced.

Posted on 2011-09-23
5
332 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
Looking for a diagnostic program that will tell me if my laptop hard drive needs to be replaced.

I suspect that my laptop hard drive may be on its way to failing and am looking for a diagnostic program or utility that will let me know whether or not it needs to be replaced.

Needs to be fully compatible with Windows 7 64-bit.
0
Comment
Question by:Knowledgeable
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
5 Comments
 
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

by:
garycase earned 100 total points
ID: 36591191
There are a variety of free utilities that do a good test.

I like the free version of HDTune [http://www.hdtune.com/download.html ]  and Western Digital's Data Lifeguard [http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=703&sid=3&lang=en ].   Note that v1.24 of Data Lifeguard works for ALL drives -- not just Western Digital's.


0
 
LVL 92

Assisted Solution

by:nobus
nobus earned 100 total points
ID: 36591401
i suggest to use the UBCD - it has lots of diags (ram, disk etc) for troubleshooting : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      
one of the benefits is that it loads very quick - since it uses Dos style programs
0
 
LVL 28

Assisted Solution

by:Dr. Klahn
Dr. Klahn earned 100 total points
ID: 36591476
I personally use MHDD to test drives.  It is stand-alone freeware.

If what you want to know is whether the drive is good, a SMART utility will do that job without banging on the drive.  Passmark Disk Checkup is freeware, runs in Windows, and displays whether the drive shows good or bad SMART status for all major characteristics.
0
 
LVL 7

Assisted Solution

by:CSI-Windows
CSI-Windows earned 100 total points
ID: 36592015
You should try the manufacturer's analysis tool first.  Then, if that passes and you are still suspecious I use Spinrite.  Not only will it help find the problem, in  many cases it brings the drive back to full health by forcing it to review the entire surface.  Employs some very creative multi-read methods for retrieving data from bad spots.

If the drive is not bad, spinrite still helps it by reinforcing it's data.

Spinrite runs from a bootable DVD or thumbdrive.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
0
 
LVL 47

Assisted Solution

by:noxcho
noxcho earned 100 total points
ID: 36592281
First of all get to BIOS and find out which model and vendor of HDD you do own.
Then get to the web site of this HDD vendor and download from there the test utility for your HDD model exactly. It could be one of WD, Seagate, Samsung or Hitachi.
They all have the tools installable and those you can run from boot CD. IMHO only the vendor of HDD can give the best tool for their HDD check.
0

Featured Post

Building an interactive eFuture classroom

Watch and learn how ATEN provided a total control system solution including seamless switching matrix switch, HDBaseT extenders, PDU, lighting control to build an interactive eFuture classroom.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A project that enables an administrator to perform actions within a user session context not just at the time of login but any time later on day(s) or week(s) later.
When asking a question in a forum or creating documentation, screenshots are vital tools that can convey a lot more information and save you and your reader a lot of time
This video teaches viewers how to encrypt an external drive that requires a password to read and edit the drive. All tasks are done in Disk Utility. Plug in the external drive you wish to encrypt: Make sure all previous data on the drive has been …
The viewer will learn how to successfully create a multiboot device using the SARDU utility on Windows 7. Start the SARDU utility: Change the image directory to wherever you store your ISOs, this will prevent you from having 2 copies of an ISO wit…

695 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question