1. Computer is running extremely slow.
2. Operating system is unable to boot.
3. Computer reboots or other random errors.
Here we are listing the software programs available that are designed to test your computer’s hard drive for errors.
Scandisk – Those users who are using Microsoft Windows and are able to get into Windows can utilize the already installed disk checking tool Scandisk to find and repair any errors on their hard drive.
Chkdsk – This is another good Windows command line utility to test the hard drive. If you’re unable to boot into Windows, boot from the Windows CD, enter the recovery console, and run chkdsk /f to fix errors.
TestDisk – This is a fantastic free and open source utility to test and fix different hard drive errors.
Hitachi Drive Fitness Test (DFT) – This is a third-party utility that can be used with most hard drives and supports the option to create a bootable CD image.
Seagate SeaTools – This is also one more free program that is used to test all computer hard drives.
HDD health – Another great program that utilizes S.M.A.R.T technology to display a hard drive’s statistics, such as the temperature of the drive, it’s overall health, and every other SMART attribute.
Another option is to download the files to make your own Ultimate Boot CD. This CD will contain multiple tools for testing computer hardware, including hard drives, and help fix some of those issues as well.
Replace the hard drive
If the hard drive appears to be bad or is generating SMART errors indicating its bad even after trying the above suggestions, we suggest replacing it.
Often hard drives have a several year warranty and if the drive or the computer the drive is in is relatively new, it may still be under warranty (even if the computer isn’t).
If you’re concerned about recovering lost data from a defective drive consider using a company who specializes in data recovery.
If you are facing any kind of issues call us on our toll-free number 1-800-293-9401.