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I need a program to tell me if a HDD has failed or is about to. Can anybody recommend a good one? It's a WD. Would like this program to do other manufacturers too, I have several drives to sort through.
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post #2 of 10
All modern HDDs support SMART. These diagnostics and informational values that the HDD self-report. I haven't used an AMD system in detail for awhile but your storage control panel may already provide you this info.


HOWEVER, they are help in predicting something like 40-60% of HDD failures.
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post #3 of 10
HDTune Will scan your drives for bad sectors and other signs of failing/failure. Just dl the free version no need to pay for it smile.gif
post #4 of 10
MHDD (DOS) and HDDscan (Windows), but run HDDscan twice because Windows makes it report false positives.
post #5 of 10
good HDD failure program - a new harddive biggrin.gif

ive used hirens boot cd that allows to boot up and then progs on there to check drive also have used active boot disc.

many progs out there to pick from also use google - maybe some free ones out there thumb.gif

Also defraggler ( pilform ) gives you a report on your drives - how good that is not sure thumb.gif

forgot Aida64 thumb.gif
Edited by ladcrooks - 3/3/14 at 1:54am
post #6 of 10
SpeedFan also has a built-in SMART checker, with an optional (also free) online part which gives you a more detailed, human readable explanation of what's going on.

Below is an example of a 'failed' harddrive I salvaged from work, which I've currently been using as a secondary Steam library for more than a month. tongue.gif

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post #7 of 10
CrystalDiskInfo also works.

There's a few drawback with the SMART checks, it can only tell you if something is going wrong slowly, like increasing bad sector re-allocation, unusually high error rate, or slow spinup time. It won't be able to tell if it's due to loose or faulty cable, power supply dropping power, or if it's something else. Also SMART often won't tell you of catastrophic failure until after the hard drive blows up, like it did with my laptop hard drive last fall. Everything seemed good, then it wouldn't boot. Dumb HP BIOS didn't have SMART reporting but when I plugged it in my desktop I got a whole lot of error, some difficulties in extracting a few files I needed that weren't backed up yet, and painfully slow reformat. I ended up opening the hard drive and saw lots of "skid marks" on the disk platter like head crash.
    
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post #8 of 10
There is no one program that can tell you a drive is failing. You can be running any number of programs (like AIDA64) that monitor your entire system. However, I have had a number of drives have bad blocks but SMART never recorded a single reallocation, offline, pending, or uncorrectable sector event.

The best method to any hard drive failure is just simply have a backup in place. It is just as simple as that. An once of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
 
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post #9 of 10
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I have some old drives that I wanted to use again. I just wanted to know of program that would let me know if they are good or not. Looks like my question got answered.
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post #10 of 10
Anything more than a few years old should be checked for power on hours. It would give an idea how active it's been and if it can last a while or not.

I still have a few 20MB Seagate hard drives that are older than half of the forum members that still works. biggrin.gif Old hard drives were built like a tank and could last a very long time. They aren't usable anymore due to tiny limited space, slow, and power guzzling compared to modern hard drives. OTOH I've had newer hard drive going down in a spectacular wreck within a year of using it.

Standard disclaimer: YMMV and always make backups of everything you value.

I have a pile of eight 40GB SATA drives I had considered putting together in a RAID0 but it's inefficient, too much power, too much space, and an used decent 8-drive RAID card costs more than a single new 320GB SSD.
    
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