Best hard drive health software?

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  1. Posts : 41,294
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #11

    HD Sentinel has a proprietary rating program.

    SMART attempts to predict drive failure.

    In Ten Forums we see see drives that fail with SMART > 90%.

    If free is important then run:

    HD Tune free SMART, Benchmark, and full error scans:
    https://www.hdtune.com/files/hdtune_255.exe

    Sea Tools for Windows long generic test:
    SeaTools for Windows |
    Seagate

    How to use SeaTools for Windows | Seagate Support US

    Chkdsk /b /v
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  2. Posts : 514
    Windows 10
       #12

    I wouldn't spend money, without trying the others first.
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  3. Posts : 42,472
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #13

    lbeachmike said:
    Thanks for all the valuable feedback.
    I have the HDS trial version installed and it reports that everything is great with this drive. Do I still need to buy a license and then run the more exhaustive disk tests to get more certainty about the drive's actual condition?
    If you are using disk imaging regularly and routinely e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) as is so very often recommended here, then you will also benefit from its sensitivity to the condition of your disk.

    If imaging fails, you get an error message. Time to research that and check the relevant disk.

    This discipline is invaluable as you then have a full backup, restorable to a replacement disk if necessary, and your PC data can be stored separately securing you against theft, fire and flood, and you can often recover to a previous good state without technical help, perhaps saving a clean install.

    Example: I routinely imaged a PC. Suddenly, imaging failed. HD Sentinel advised me of the growing number of weak sectors and a warning of shortish projected life.
    In another thread, whereas Macrium detected and warned of the drive problem, the user found Easeus Todo completely ignored it.

    So there's a completely different slant to disk maintenance.
    Last edited by dalchina; 11 Mar 2021 at 03:27.
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  4. Posts : 31,147
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #14

    lbeachmike said:
    ....I'm not sure if there's an underlying issue with this brand new Samsung QVO 870 SSD or if the file corruption was a consequence of something else.
    I downloaded Hard Disk Sentinel, and it tells me everything is healthy. But I can't run any of the deeper testing (surface test, etc) without purchasing.....

    I'm surprised no one has yet suggested Samsung's own free software, Samsung Magician.

    SSD Tools & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website

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  5. Posts : 41,294
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #15

    Samsung magician drive testing is limited to certain SSD.
    Code:
    The Magician SSD management utility is designed to work with all Samsung SSD products including 470 Series,
    750 Series, 830 Series, 840 Series, 850 Series, 860 Series, 870 Series, 960 Series, 970 Series and 980 Series.
    This software is not compatible with other manufacturers' SSDs.
    The thread title: Best hard drive health software?
    So not applicable to HDs.
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  6. Posts : 31,147
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #16

    zbook said:
    Samsung magician drive testing is limited to certain SSD.
    Code:
    The Magician SSD management utility is designed to work with all Samsung SSD products including 470 Series,
    750 Series, 830 Series, 840 Series, 850 Series, 860 Series, 870 Series, 960 Series, 970 Series and 980 Series.
    This software is not compatible with other manufacturers' SSDs.


    The thread title: Best hard drive health software?
    So not applicable to HDs.
    The OP specifically stated in post #1 that the drive they wanted to test was a Samsung SSD, and that it was the '870 series'. Therefore Magician is not only applicable, but is specifically designed for use with their drive. Isn't the manufacturer's own test usually the best to use?

    "I'm not sure if there's an underlying issue with this brand new Samsung QVO 870 SSD"
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  7. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #17

    https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29116446/
    In the above example, SeaTools found nothing although Event Viewer found the following:

    The IO operation at logical block address 0x0 for Disk 3 (PDO name: \Device\00000058) failed due to a hardware error.
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  8. Posts : 2,684
    Windows 10
       #18

    The drive in question is a Samsung SSD, not an HDD which was implied in the title.

    The Samsung Magician application is the one to use.

    SSDs internally are very different from an HDD and such things as surface scans are nonsense in respect of SSDs. The memory cell elements being a solid state semiconductor device and the controller is also vastly different.

    "I want to determine the health of the SSD, ..."(Samsung QVO 870)
    Exactly.

    SSD Tools & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website
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  9. Posts : 116
    Windows 7 - trying to upgrade
    Thread Starter
       #19

    Helmut said:
    The drive in question is a Samsung SSD, not an HDD which was implied in the title.

    The Samsung Magician application is the one to use.

    SSDs internally are very different from an HDD and such things as surface scans are nonsense in respect of SSDs. The memory cell elements being a solid state semiconductor device and the controller is also vastly different.

    "I want to determine the health of the SSD, ..."(Samsung QVO 870)
    Exactly.

    SSD Tools & Software | Download | Samsung V-NAND SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website
    You're right @Helmut, that was a poor choice of subject line for the thread. I should have been more clear.

    I did not see the applicable options in Samsung Magician - I will take another look based on the posts here.
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  10. Posts : 6,184
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #20

    There are two kinds of drive error:
    - Hardware error. This kind or error can't be fixed. Every new drive has built in a Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART). Use Crystal disk info . It's a portable, don't need to be installed. Extract and run.
    There are other good hardware software testers (SeaTools, HD Sentinel, etc) to be used for a "surface" (cluster) test.

    - Software errors can be fixed with check disk (chkdsk x: /f or /r) on a NTFS or Fat32 partitions
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