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I am having no luck with Hitachi HDD testing tools, can anyone recommend anything better?

Is the DiskMark product any good?
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by:Scott Thomson
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What make and model is your HDD.? and what issues are you having?

This would help greatly with a suggestion
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by:mlsbraves
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Are you looking for performance/benchmark software or diagnostics?

If your just looking for performance than IOmeter is pretty simple:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/iometer/?source=directory

If your looking for diagnostics UBCD has alot of test and supports most HDDs. This would have to be ran from a live cd/usb:
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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by:Dan Craciun
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Can you tell us what problem are you trying to solve?
If you suspect your hdd is going bad, a simple utility is Crystal Disk Info. It will give you a lot of info about your hdd, and it will color code it's status: if it's red you need to backup data now and replace it, if it's yellow you should backup data now but can still use it for a while, if it's blue you're ok.

HTH,
Dan
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by:citrine
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Sorry, it is a Toshiba MK6465GSX
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by:Dan Craciun
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For Toshiba hdds you can use the Windows or DOS diagnostic tool from here: http://storage.toshiba.com/storage-services-support/warranty-support/software-utilities
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by:citrine
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Hi Dan, I have tried that a number of times, it doesnt work, I have seen other reports that it is temperamental.
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by:Dan Craciun
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OK, so what it is that you want to do?
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by:citrine
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Test the reliability of the drive
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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The Seagate Seatools are supposed to test all hard drives - and there are a variety of tools on the Ultimate Boot CD - www.ultimatebootcd.com.  

Is there a reason you are testing the drive?  Is it experiencing problems?
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by:citrine
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What about CrystalDiskMark3, is this any good? Is this up to Industry Standard?
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by:pgm554
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by:Dan Craciun
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Yes, it's good, but it won't give you reliability data, only benchmarks.
What Industry?
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by:citrine
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"industry standard" is a term used to describe a professional line of products
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by:nobus
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you said you had no luck - tell us what problem you have first!

all free diagnostics are without any label - for what i know
you can look at smart info of the drive
is it a normal drive, or an SSD - you never said what it was?

first i run the disk diagnostic for the drive brand -  long test
then i also use HDDRegenerator (not free) , before i put a disk again into service -  to check if all is well -
then i consider the drive in good health - if no errors were reported
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