How to Check Health of Drive with SeaTools for DOS
SeaTools is an easy-to-use that helps you determine what could be wrong with your machine. This tool works with all hard drives (NOT SSDs).
This tutorial will show you how to launch the SeaTools for DOS HDD diagnostics from a disc using Windows Disc Burner.
Make sure you have your data backed up!
Download and Burn SeaTools for DOS to Disc
You can download the ISO for SeaTools for DOS
versions directly here:
Insert a blank unformatted disc into your CD drive.
Right click or press and hold on the Seatools ISO file, and click/tap on Burn disc image
Make sure you pick the correct DVD drive.
Check the Verify disc after burning
Click/tap on Burn
. Be patient as it burns the software.
Boot from and Use SeaTools for DOS Disc
To boot from your newly created disc, you can:
- go into your BIOS and change the boot order to your disc drive
- or you can use the BIOS boot menu option.
Once the tool is all loaded you will see a License Agreement screen, click "I Accept"
In this tool there are 3 different parts of the test. Most of the time short will be just fine; however, if you were advised to use the long test, then I would do so.
SeaTools for DOS Results
There are a few results you will get:
If everything passes then you are good to go, and do not need to continue.
A) Select "Done"
B) You will want to select the "Repair this one and ALL remaining" option. This will attempt to repair the bad sectors of the drive.
Passed after repair
This means that it successfully repaired everything. Now that it has passed, your HDD should be good to go.
Failed after Repair
If it fails after repair, then you cannot do anything but back up your data, and get a new drive.
I hope this was helpful! There will be edits to come to make this more informational!