It is time to diagnostic hard drive if you discover these hard drive failure symptoms. Some of the hard drive issue might be caused by software, therefore a hard drive diagnostic tool software is needed to determine the condition of the disk drive. Most of the hard drive companies like Seagate, Western Digital (WD) and SAMSUNG need you to check your hard drive condition with their own hard drive diagnostic tool before sending faulty hard drive for replacement (if still under warranty).
Seagate ~ SeaTools for Windows
How to diagnostic hard drive? Basically, all you need is to download the hard drive diagnostic tool and test your hard drive with it. Here are the hard drive diagnostic tools from Seagate, Western Digital (WD) and SAMSUNG.
Seagate ~ SeaTools for Windows – Download Link
SeaTools is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the disk drive in your external hard drive, desktop or laptop computer. It includes several tests that will examine the physical media on your Seagate or Maxtor disk drive and any other non-Seagate disk drive.
Western Digital ~ Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows – Download Link
This is a Windows version of the Data LifeGuard Diagnostics. It will test WD internal and external drives. In additional, it can provide you with the model and serial of WD drives attached to the system.
SAMSUNG ~ ES-Tool – Download Link
ES Tool (The Drive Diagnostic Utility) is made with the aim of testing a Samsung hard disk drive while it is installed inside a PC, regardless of the status of user’s operating system.
Note – There is a function on the tool that will erase all your data on hard drive like ‘writes zeros to the drive with options of full erase and quick erase’. Do be careful when using it.
If no error found with these hard drive diagnostic tool, your hard drive issue should be caused by software. Else backup all your data immediately, and prepare to send your faulty hard drive to manufacturer for replacement through RMA.