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Windows 7: 3rd party Disk Diags tool? which best?

01 Apr 2014   #1

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3
3rd party Disk Diags tool? which best?

gang I have an unusual situation I can't explain: an ordinary HP desktop, good quality, that black-screened a couple weeks ago and left little hints about what the cause was. I'll have to sift through the minidmp to figure it out. But the superficial signs all point, circumstantially, to the Drive or file system.
no malware. no power surges/fails that I could see. nothing funny in the way of updates etc.
at any rate, it has a WD6400aaks drive - very common in hp/cpq and a good drive, as they go.

running the WD Diags fails due to a "Smart Enable" error. There are a lot of posts about this elusive error and no satisfactory answers. I plan to extract the drive from the system and run other tests on it. my 'other' hdd tests range from destructive to just old/antiquated Linux-based tools

what have you guys found that works well?

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01 Apr 2014   #2

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's

Hard Disk Sentinel for health info

Parted Magic for sector level work.
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01 Apr 2014   #3

Windows XP Pro SP3, Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Windows XP Home SP3

gracias Mad!
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