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Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives

Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives - PCSTATS
Abstract: Know... before your hard drive kicks the bucket, taking all your data with it. Clickity-click, time to defuse that dying hard disk!
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS May 01 2011   Mike Dowler  
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Active SMART will notify you if an attribute line changes on a later scan, so you can track your drive's health over time.

The program has a variety of scanning options, but the default will scan your drives during Windows startup, and every hour after. The actual scanning process is almost instantaneous.

Active SMART is trialware, with a 21-day period. Consider this a good basic tool for diagnosing the physical status of your drives. While it does not actually do anything that DiskCheckup does not, its automatic scans, notification options and easy to read graphs make for a more useful program.

HD Workbench by DIY Data Recovery is another comprehensive trialware program you may also want to look into.

Lastly, there is Symantec's popular Norton Utilities software suite includes Disc Doctor, which analyzes partition tables and data on the disk for errors. It actually uses Windows XP's integrated CHKDSK program to do the scanning, but it gives you much more verbose information on what errors were found and fixed. It's certainly worth running for a quick test of your data's integrity on the hard drive.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
 Pg 2.  How Hard Drives Can Fail
 Pg 3.  What do bad sectors mean?
 Pg 4.  Warning signs to watch for
 Pg 5.  Hard disk diagnostic tools
 Pg 6.  Manufacturer Produced Hard Drive Utilities
 Pg 7.  HDD Diagnostic Software
 Pg 8.  — Diagnostic Software con't
 Pg 9.  Fixing bad sectors - the last resort

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