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SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

How to Use SeaTools for DOS and Windows Disk Check Utility
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How to Use SeaTools for DOS and Windows Disk Check Utility

Part One: SeaTools for Windows
Part Two: SeaTools for DOS
*Caution for AHCI Storage Controller

information   Information
Seatools is a powerful tool to analyze the Hard Drives. It can perform a lot of tests like Drive Self-test, Read-Write teat, SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) extraction and performs some advanced actions like bad sector repair.

Though Seatools can test all the brands of HDD, it performs the repair action for the Seagate brand HDD only.

warning   Warning
It is always better that you back up your data.

Seatools for Windows
1. Get it from SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

2. Click on I accept and then download. Install the program and run it within windows. It will take a time to scan the drivers, and then the program window will appear. Click on I accept. Now you are on the Seatools For Windows GUI.

3.(a) For Non Seatools Brand HDDs, you can perform Short Drive Self Test, Short Generic Test and Long Generic Test.

3.(b) For Seatools brand Hdds, you can perform all the tests.

Attempted a Basic Test > Fix All > Fast on a non SeaGate HDD, and here is the result.
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So Repair works on SeaGate only, but you can test any brand of HDD.

warning   Warning
You are suggested to not take the Advanced tests.

Seatools for DOS, Recommended
information   Information
If you are using AHCI storage controller, Seatools for DOS will not be able to detect a AHCI disc. So Boot into the BIOS, set the storage controller mode to IDE/SATA before running the test.

All the BIOSs are not the same, but usually this option is found in "Advanced" BIOS settings.
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When the test is done, Boot into the BIOS again and set the controller mode back to AHCI, otherwise windows will refuse to boot.
1. Get it from SeaTools for DOS | Seagate

2. Accept and download. It will come as a disc image file. Actually it is bundled with FreeDOS Operating System. It works as bootable, so it is to burn the downloaded ISO to either a blank CD or a USB pen drive.

PART - I: Writing the Image

1. For writing it to a CD/DVD, follow this tutorial: Burn Disc Image - ISO or IMG file

2. For writing it to an USB pen drive, the easy way is to use Win32 Disk Imager | Free Development software downloads at

Note   Note
The downloaded ISO will not be written to the USB Pen Drive as it is. You need to alter the .iso file a bit to make it writable. Very little job is involved.
  • Download or install either 7-Zip (free) or WinRAR (not free).
  • Extract the downloaded .iso file.
  • Rename the SeaTools.ima to SeaTools.img.
  • Burn the SeaTools.img file using Win32 Disk Imager

3. Download and double click to execute it. Select teh USB device, and browse for the renamed .img image.
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4. Double click on the image, when found.
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5. Click on Write.
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6. A Confirm Overwrite message will appear. Click yes.
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7. See the progress bar for a few seconds and the image is written and ready to boot from.

PART - II: Booting from Seatools for DOS

1. Now it is to boot from the CD/DVD or USB. You may do it using two alternative ways.
  • Enter into the BISO and change the BOOT order to CD (or USB) to first.
  • Use the BIOS Boot Menu Key to get the list of all possible devices to boot from. Select the CD (or USB) by using the scroll arrow keys and enter.
2. When on the GUI, at first a warning message will appear. Accept it by clicking on "I Accept".
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Part - 3: Testing

There are three types of tests.
  • Short Test;
  • Long Test; and
  • Acoustic Test.
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For most of the cases, Short tests are enough. But if Short tests detect problems, Long tests are suggested.

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Long test has a mechanism to recover/repair some disc errors like BAD sectors. But the recovery/repair options work only for Seagate brand HDDs.

PART - IV: Results

Test results are of two types, in general.
  1. Passed; and
  2. Failed with errors; which may yield two possible alternative ultimate outcomes.
    • Passed after repair
    • Failed after repair
1. If passed, its all good.
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2. If the test result a failure, with bad sectors etc, it will suggest you to have a warranty replacement, with a supplied test code.
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Click on "Done". It will supply you some options to repair the failures.
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You need to opt for "Repair this one and all remaining".

2.(a) If repairs are successful, it will show a result as passed after repair. It is good, too.
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2.(b) But if the repair is unsuccessful, then there is no way but try to back up your data and replace the disc.
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Thatís all.
30 Nov 2013   #1
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Great job Archie.

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30 Nov 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit

Updated to my template!
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30 Nov 2013   #3

windows 7 home 64bit

Nice work Archie
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30 Nov 2013   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Great job Archie.
Thank you Shawn
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Updated to my template!
Your templates are highly informative with a wide coverage If some of my writings are able to have a place there, it is my pleasure
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Nice work Archie
Thank you Maxie
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30 Nov 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Another great one Archie .
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02 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 ultimate x64 sp 1

For the seatools for DOS configuration, my SATA configuration is AHCI, however changing to ATA option is not available in my BIOS only RAID and IDE. I have also tried changing it to IDE and it doesn't work either. Seagate for DOS won't read my harddrives upon disk image boot via CD.

My motherboard is ASUS Sabretooth z77, my windows hard drive is an intel ssd and my partition hard drive is SATA seagate.

please help
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03 May 2014   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1

IDE and ATA are technically the same thing.

What happens when you choose IDE and run seatools for DOS? What does it state?
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22 Jun 2014   #8

Windows 7 Pro Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601, clean OEM re-install

Hello - I want to try this tutorial and test my two Seagate external laptop's drive is a SSD drive and storage controller mode is set to ACHI mode. If I use the Seatools for DOS, to test the external HDDs (not the SSD), I still need to change storage controller mode to IDE/SATA? Also curious to know why the DOS option was recommended over the Windows option.

I also have a few basic questions about HDDs to be sure that they are setup correctly (in switching from one laptop to another, running different OS)....would it okay to post them here?
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22 Jun 2014   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

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.
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