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I was wondering what is a good S.M.A.R.T. scanner. I have read they can help diagnose the health of hard disks and they can even determine if one is going to die in the near future?
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http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en

look for your hard drive type then find "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows"
    
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Thread Starter 
the model of 160GB drive I have is not listed. Plus I am more concerned about my Samsung drive because it contains all my stored data.
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post #4 of 6
Oh I just saw WD in your sig rig, didn't see your 500 gig Samsung.

Maybe this site will give you a diagnostic tool for Samsung:
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/
    
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HDTunePro is a good program for detecting bad sectors on your disc. It also allows you to benchmark your drive with your max, min, average, and burst rates for transfer. Pretty useful program, I've found.
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post #6 of 6
Also if you just want to check for bad sectors you can do so through windows:

start->run, type cmd

chkdsk [insert disk letter here]:

If errors are found then:

chkdsk [insert disk letter here]: /r
    
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