Drive Diagnostic UtilitieschkdskBuilt in utiilty for Windows 2000/XP. Start --> Run. Type chkdsk /r for full scan. Can also be run from recovery console. Not recmomended for diagnosing.Hitachi / IBM
- DFT "Drive Fitness Test"http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htmWorks with all manufacturersWestern Digital
"Data Lifeguard"http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp#dlgtoolsWorks with WD drives onlyMaxtor
"Powermax"http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.js...00dd04090aRCRDWorks with all manufacturersFujitsu
"FJDT"http://www.fel.fujitsu.com/home/drivers.asp?L=en&CID=1Works with fujitsu models onlySamsung
Quick DownloadsWorks with Seagate drives onlyToshiba
- N/AThere are no tools available for Toshiba, but you may be able to use IBM or Maxtor's drive tools as well as other third party programsOther Useful Drive UtilitiesHDD Regenerator
- Repair bad sectorsRepairs most bad sectors by remagnetizing the disk surface without losing your data. Works independantly of the file system, making it compatible with all PCs, operating systems and hard drives...http://www.dposoft.net/Active@Partition RecoveryRecovers most deleted, lost or formatted partitions.http://www.partition-recovery.com/Partition MagicFast and easy partitioning, Supports all Windows and most Linux file systems. Great for ignoring bad sectors and for advanced partitioning schemes.www.partitionmagic.comRanishGPL/Freeware partitioning program for use with Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and more. Not much on eye candy, but it works.
.www.ranish.comgPartedGPL/Freeware partitioning program for use with Windows and Linux. Nice, intuitive interface and comes available as a bootable CD image.
.http://gparted.sourceforge.net/Acronis Partition ExpertEasy to use interface. Supports Windows and Linux partitions. http://acronis.com/products/partitionexpert/Drive Backup ToolsSymantec Norton GhostGhost 8.0 or less runs under DOS, but extremely reliable. Ghost 9.0 and 10 requires Windows 2000 or XP. 9.0 & 10 are Windows-centric.
Ghost 9+ supports full "hot imaging" of system partitions while in Windows, but not incremental imaging.http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/ghost_personal/Acronis True ImageSupports Windows and Linux file systems. Allows "hot imaging" of system partitions while in Windows, supporting full and incremental (fast) backups. TI 10 has been rock solid for me -- Recommended.http://acronis.com/products/trueimage/Drive Secure Erase UtilitiesDarik's Boot and NukeSecurley erases all data on your harddrives, beyond the point of possible recovery. Use with care! Tip: remove harddrives you will
not be erasing from the computer.http://dban.sourceforge.net/