cq62 hp laptop - tool to check hard drive

this laptop has often crashed.. but now behaving for a few days OK..

what tool would you recommend best to rule out any HDD issues..

thx
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FostWareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Use the Seagate tools, since not all tools will understand that there's a 4GB FLASH cache on the Momentus. This is *NOT* just a normal drive. There's a SeaTools ISO you can use to burn to a CD or DVD.

I've used quite a few of them.
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n2fcConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Open an administrative command prompt and run CHKDSK C: /B

It will tell you the drive is in use, so it will do it at the next boot...

Reboot, and let it run!

It will do a complete and exhaustive test of the drive, and check all bad clusters, relocating the bad ones it finds to a new location.
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FostWareConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I'd start with running HDTune trial off a USB stick (http://www.hdtune.com/), so you don't corrupt any more data should there be a problem.
It will tell you if the drive is faulty or has logged any SMART errors (internal physical errors)


Alternately, visit the hard drive manufacturers website and look for diagnostics tools. Ultimately, the manufacturers do the best checks since they're tailored to suit the drive.
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Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

 
Raymond PengConnect With a Mentor Systems EngineerCommented:
Please refer to the link below - depending on your firmware, you should be able to run diagnostics by repeatedly pressing f2 on startup.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01443317&lc=en&cc=kr&dlc=en&product=5040936
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
what i suggest is  downloading UBCD, and make the bootdisk, or bootable USB   http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      
then run the DISK manufacturer's disk diag on it  - long test
you can find the disk model in device manager>under disk section
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viki2000Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I recommend you 2 good programs in trial version that helped me:
1) HDD Regenerator - http://www.dposoft.net/
2) Hard Disk Sentinel - http://www.hdsentinel.com/

Sometimes I used HDD Regenerator 2-3 times. Takes time but gives good results.
The second one tells you quite a lot about your HDD: how long time was on or how many times was powerd/system started. Beside a general health of the HDD is a good indicator if is or not the time to replace your HDD.
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25112Author Commented:
OK.. i have started to download some of these tools and i will try them..

the hdd is
ST9250315AS Momentus .. all the tools apply to this company's drives?
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>>  all the tools apply to this company's drives?  <<  no - not all will work
Momentus = Seagate, right?  then use seagate's Diag, as found on the UBCD
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