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Windows 7: SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

24 Aug 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

I don't know why it took this long to find this Tut. More great work from you Archie!


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24 Aug 2014   #11
Arc

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Thank you Greg.
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24 Aug 2014   #12
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
For anyone having problems with Seatools for DOS recognizing drives.........I believe this is a chipset issue. There are a couple of us on here with newer platforms (Sandy Bridge and up) that absolutely cannot use Seatools for DOS. Seatools for Windows, however, does work and will test drives perfectly fine. I just tested (4) 5TB Seagate drives in Windows with no issues.
Hi Kelly.

It should be the storage controller mode that resists Seatools for DOS to recognize a HDD. We know that DOS cannot read AHCI. So if your storage controller mode is set to AHCI (or RAID) then it is obvious that Seatools for DOS will not recognize your HDD. And I think you use AHCI.

Set the storage controller mode to ATA/IDE and try Seatools for DOS again. The HDD should be recognized.

Dont forget to apply the native storage controller mode back after the test is done. Otherwise windows will not boot at all.

If your HDD is Seagate or Maxtor, then the long test of Seatools for DOS is the best deal; because it can rectify disk errors upto a certain level.
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24 Aug 2014   #13
ThrashZone

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Very nice Archie,
Did a search for harddrive tests and there you are
Cheers.
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25 Aug 2014   #14
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Thank you, Mike.
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02 Oct 2014   #15
haramo

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About the following : 2.(a) If repairs are successful, it will show a result as passed after repair. It is good, too.

IT IS GOOD, TOO. Does this mean the harddisk is as new? As I heard that once a harddisk suffers bad sectors, the bad sectors will grow in time.

Can I 100% rely on the harddisk, after seatools repaired bad sectors? What does the tool exactly do while repairing the bad sectors? Does these sectors come free to use or are they disabled some how?

So the harddisk can be smaller in size then it was new?
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02 Oct 2014   #16
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I can say my experience.

The disc that I repaired during making the tutorial is still under use, without any sort of performance drop. 11 months passed, no more problems.

But, a new disc is a new disc. You can never expect an old hardware to perform as good as a new one .... whether repaired or not.

You cannot 100% rely on a hard disc when you are unwrapping it for the first time.

What the tool exactly do while repairing bad sector? I dont know. Like I dont know what the reactor exactly do while producing electricity. But still I use electricity every off and on. One need not to be a scientist to know how to use any tool or service.

No, if the bad sectors are repaired, those sectors are not bad any more. So no scope of reduction in disc size.
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03 Oct 2014   #17
haramo

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Thankx Arc for you clear explanation. Well lets hope the harddisk wil work great.

I have a recovery partition (dell) on the harddisk and it's stil visible, so I want to install it back. First step is to install a windows OS. When the laptop restarted to continu the installation, it want to check disk ... .

I cancel it.

Can this mean that The harddisk is not good anymore, even if seagate tool repaired it? Hmmm I will give it a try.
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03 Oct 2014   #18
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Usually the recovery partition is the active partition. And after a clean install of OS this partition will not perform its job for which it is there. So better you do a full format of the HDD, create your own custom partition (not more than 4 primary partitions if you use it as a MBR disc) and try to clean install the OS. Does it still reboots in checkdisk? Let us know.
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05 Oct 2014   #19
haramo

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It seems it's not the C drive (active, windows OS is installed) but the E drive (Recovery partitions, Dell image).

I ran checkdisk in windws (right clik partitions, properties, exta, check volume for errors and only the first option is selected.

It found some errors and fixed them.

restarted the laptop and no message anymore to check the disk... .

Hope it's stays like this.
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