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Hgst Drive Fitness Test For Windows



The Drive Fitness Test (DFT) quickly and reliably tests SCSI, IDE and SATAdrives. The DFT analyze function performs read tests without overwritingcustomer data. (Note: other DFT restoration utilities may overwrite data.)




Hgst Drive Fitness Test For Windows



WinDFT is a utility that will quickly test your HGST internal and external hard disk drives. WinDFT will perform read tests without overwriting customer data. WinDFT also has additional utilities if you need to wipe the disk clean of data. WinDFT also has additional utilities if you need to wipe the disk clean of data. WinDFT will perform read tests without overwriting customer data.


  • Features of WinDFT (HGST Drive Fitness Test)Compact: Lightweight and easy to use.

  • Comprehensive Recovery: Recover a wide range of file types including documents, photos, videos, audio and more.

  • Cross-Platform: Compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux.

  • Data Security: Protect against permanent data loss with secure recovery methods.

  • FAT Support: Recover data from FAT drives and partitions.

  • File Preview: Preview recoverable files before recovery.

  • File Recovery: Quickly recover lost or deleted files.

  • Flexible Recovery: Retrieve files from various data storage media.

  • HFS Support: Recover data from HFS drives and partitions.

  • NTFS Support: Recover data from NTFS drives and partitions.

  • Raw Recovery: Deep scan for lost files and folders.

  • Scanning: Scan multiple drives and partitions for lost data.

  • Speed: Recover files faster with advanced recovery algorithms.

  • User-Friendly Interface: Intuitive and easy to navigate.

Compatibility and LicenseWinDFT (HGST Drive Fitness Test) is provided under a freeware license on Windows from drive utilities with no restrictions on usage. Download and installation of this PC software is free and 0.95 is the latest version last time we checked.


This download creates a self-booting DOS diskette to run the DFT utility. The Drive Fitness Test (DFT) provides a quick, reliable method to test SCSI and IDE hard disk drives, including Serial-ATA IDE drives. The Drive Fitness Test analyze function performs read tests without overwriting customer data. (However, Drive Fitness Test is bundled with some restoration utilities that will overwrite data.)Supports SCSI and IDE drives, including Serial-ATA drives


IBM - Hitachi Drive Fitness Test (DFT) is an effective tool for troubleshooting and testing hard drives. It offers fast, easy results for diagnosing various storage problems on your computer. The Drive Fitness Test (DFT) offers a fast, simple way to check various SCSI and IDE hard drives.


DFT is an software that can be downloaded from IBM's website for free. DFT is available in two modes, performance test and standard test. Performance test mode allows you to compare performance of recent hard drives with those of your current hard drives under test. It detects all defects on hard drives, including minor ones, making it easier for you to determine the type of hard drive error you are dealing with. It also has the ability to compare performance between different versions of the same software.


DFT comes with a utility, a diskette printer, an installation disk, a driver for hard drives, and an interpretation guide. The software has a feature tool that allows you to recover your most recently used files using an online tool. It also comes with an editor and a graphing program so you can debug or troubleshoot the diagnostic test.


SeaTools has a short test, and a long test. The short test takes about 15 minutes, the long test can take a couple hours depending on the drive size. It's great for many drive manufacturers than just Seagate drives. I've used it for drives like Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, Quantum, Toshiba, Dell, Hitachi, Samsung, Fujitsu & HGST (obviously it's a Hitachi drive, just rebranded after their 3.5" line was bought by WD).


If you do not see the original disk in the list or it appears as two separate disks, it may be set to run in RAID mode, unsupported by the standard bootable media (Linux-based). In such case you need to get to a second computer and create a special WinPE-based bootable media there, with drivers for the RAID controller. The fastest way to get it is use MVP WinPE builder (choose Advanced version).


Name of ToolVersionLicenseNotes /BIOS !BIOS3.20Freeware BIOS1.35.0FreewareWebsite says V1.35.1, but program displays V1.35.0. CMOSPWD5.0GPL KEYDiskn/aFreeware PC CMOS Cleaner2.0FreewareIncluded as module in Parted Magic. Q&D Vital Data Manager1.4hFreeware WipeCMOS1.2Freeware /CPU CPUstress2.5.4Freeware CPUburn1.4aGPLIncluded in CPUstress. CPU Burn-in1.00FreewareIncluded in CPUstress. The Linux version which is included in UBCD is at V1.00. V1.01 applies to Windows only. CPUinfon/aGPLIncluded in CPUstress. CPUID2.19GPL Intel Optimized LINPACK Benchmark11.2.0FreewareIncluded in CPUstress. Intel Processor Frequency ID (P3 and below)7.2Freeware Intel Processor Identification Utility (P4 and above)5.30Freeware Mersenne Prime Test23.9.2Free softwareIncluded in CPUstress. Mersenne Prime Test28.5Free softwareIncluded in CPUstress. Stress1.04GPLIncluded in CPUstress. StressCPU (requires CPU with SSE)2.0GPLIncluded in CPUstress. System Stability Tester1.5.1GPLIncluded in CPUstress. x86test0.10aGPL /HDD/Boot Management BOOTMGR05-AUG-2012Freeware Boot Partition2.60Freeware EditBINI1.01.1Freeware GAG (Graphical Boot Manager)4.10GPL Gujin2.8.7GPL MBRtool2.3.200Freeware MBRWork1.08Freeware PLoP Boot Manager5.0.15Free for personal use Smart BootManager3.7.1GPL SPFDISK (Special FDISK)2000-03vFreeware Super Grub Disk0.9799GPL Super Grub2 Disk2.00s8GPL XFDISK (Extended FDISK)0.9.3 betaFreeware XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader)1.1.5GPL XOSL-OW (Extended Operating System Loader)1.1.6GPL /HDD/Data Recovery Q&D Unit/Track/Head/Sector1.3jFreeware Offline NT Password & Registry Editor140201 n/a PCLoginNow2.0FreewareIncluded as module in Parted Magic. PCRegEdit1.0FreewareIncluded as module in Parted Magic. PhotoRec7.1GPLIncluded in Parted Magic. TestDisk7.1GPLIncluded in Parted Magic. /HDD/Device Info and Management AMSET (Maxtor)4.00Freeware ATAINF1.3Freeware ATA Password Tool1.1Freeware Change Definition Utility (for Fujitsu M16xx/M2915 HDDs)n/aFreeware DiskCheck4.3.0Freeware DISKINFO1.02Freeware ESFeat (ExcelStor)2.30Freeware Feature Tool (IBM/Hitachi)2.15Freeware GSmartControl0.8.6GPLIncluded in Parted Magic. SMARTUDM2.00Freeware UATA100 (Seagate)3.06Freeware UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPD/MPE/MPF series HDDs)1.13Freeware UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPG series HDDs)1.17Freeware Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital)June, 2003Freeware WDIDLE3 (Western Digital)1.05Freeware /HDD/Diagnosis ATA Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu)7.0Freeware Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Western Digital)5.27Freeware Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Western Digital)5.21FreewareLatest V5.22 has the note in version history "Removed missing test tracks check". Since we are uncertain of the impact of this change, older version has been included just in case. Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Western Digital)4.15FreewareV5.x has been reported not to work on some older machines, so V4.15 has been included as a backup. Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi)4.16Freeware ES-Tool (Samsung)3.01vFreeware ESTest (ExcelStor)4.50Freeware GWSCAN (Gateway)3.15FreewareFor IDE hard drives 10GB or smaller. GWSCAN (Gateway)5.12FreewareFor IDE hard drives larger than 10GB. HDAT25.3FreewareLatest stable release, but with device-level testing disabled. HUTIL (Samsung)1.21FreewareFrom soeren: "HUTIL 2.00 lacks the possibility to view the SMART values and it appears to be a lot slower than 1.21. It's only needed for the newest Samsung drives, the "older" ones still work with 1.21." HUTIL (Samsung)2.10Freeware MHDD324.5FreewareOlder version included because it supports ATA/SCSI Terminal for scripting, which was removed in the new version. MHDD324.6Freeware PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum)4.09FreewareOlder version included because this is an uncripppled version that works with non-Maxtor HDDs. PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum)4.23Freeware SCSIMax (Maxtor/Quantum)1.21Freeware SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)2.22FreewareVersion included is 2.22 instead of 2.23 at Kaur Kuut's recommendation. Apparently the only feature introduced in V2.23 was "Long Test time out failure for drives that take too long to complete the Long Test", but that prevents large capacity HDDs from completing the long generic test because all modern HDDs time out by default. Seagate subsequently removed this feature in SeaTools for Windows V1.4.0.2, but never did for SeaTools for DOS V2.23. SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)1.12Freeware SHDIAG (Samsung)1.25Freeware TAFT (The ATA Forensics Tool)1.2Freeware ViVARD0.4FreewareThe official website is down. Various third party websites claim to have V1.0, but is actually V0.4. /HDD/Disk Cloning Clonezillan/aGPLIncluded in Parted Magic. CopyWipe1.14Freeware EaseUs Disk Copy2.3.1Freeware g4u2.6BSD HDClone (Free Edition)7.0.2Freeware partimage0.6.9GPLIncluded in Parted Magic. Partition Saving4.30Freeware PC INSPECTOR clone-maxx1.0FreewareActual version is 0.95 Build 769, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website. Q&D Unit Clone1.1rFreeware /HDD/Disk Editing Disk Editor3.0Freeware DISKMAN44.2A3Freeware DiskSpy Free Edition (Personal use only)2.0Freeware PTS DiskEditor1.04FreewareExcellent information about this tool here. /HDD/Disk Wiping Active@ KillDisk Free Edition4.1.2393FreewareFree Edition. Supports "One Pass Zeros" method only. Note that KillDisk V5.x is Windows only. CopyWipe1.14Freeware Darik's Boot and Nuke2.3.0GPL Fujitsu Erase Utility1.00Freeware HDDErase4.0Freeware HDDErase3.3FreewareOlder version included because latest version is reportedly not compatible with Intel SSDs. HDShredder (Free Edition)4.0.1Freeware MAXLLF (Maxtor)1.1Freeware PC Disk Eraser5.0FreewareIncluded in Parted Magic. PC INSPECTOR e-maxx0.95FreewareActual version is 0.95 Build 775, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website. SUTIL (Samsung)1.01Freeware /HDD/Installation Data Lifeguard Tools (Western Digital)11.2Freeware DiscWizard 2003 (Seagate)10.45.06Freeware DiscWizard (Seagate/Maxtor)11.0.8326FreewareMaxBlast V5.0 is essentially the same thing i.e. OEM version of Acronis TrueImage. Startup Recovery Manager not included. Didn't see much use for it on the bootable CD, plus it can be activated in the Win32 program itself if required, or you can copy over the "Recovery Manager" folder youself. Disk Manager (IBM)9.61Freeware Disk Manager (Samsung)10.42Freeware MaxBlast (Maxtor)4.0Freeware /HDD/Partition Management Cute Partition Manager0.9.8Freeware Dsrfix3.12Freeware FIPS2.0GPL Free FDISK1.3.1GPL GParted0.13.1-gitGPLIncluded in Parted Magic. Partinfo1.14FreewareV1.11 and above are Windows only. Partition Explorer1.01Freeware Partition Resizer1.3.4Freeware Partition Saving4.30Freeware PTDD Super Fdisk1.0Freeware Ranish Partition Manager2.40FreewareUsing stable version because V2.44 is beta and reported to be buggy. SPFDISK (Special FDISK)2000-03vFreeware XFDISK (Extended FDISK)0.9.3 betaFreeware /Memory AleGr MEMTEST2.00Free for personal use DIMM_ID3.57UBCD OnlyThis is a special UBCD-only version authorized by the author. Memtest864.3.7GPLAs of UBCD V5.2.8, V5.0.0 Free Edition extracts to V4.3.7. Memtest86+5.01GPL TestMemIVn/aFreeware Windows Memory Diagnostic0.4Freeware /Others boot.kernel.org (BKO)n/aFreeware ClamScan Antivirus0.97.5GPLIncluded in Parted Magic. FileLink3.01FreewareThis program is part of Caldera OpenDOS V7.03. F-PROT Antivirus6.2.3Free for personal useIncluded as module in Parted Magic. Kon-Boot1.0Free for personal use netboot.xyzn/aFreeware Parted Magic2013_08_10_i586GPLFull list of programs can be found here. Parted Magic is now payware and can no longer be updated to the latest version. Last free version (2013_08_10) was obtained from this website UBCD FreeDOS (Based on NwDsk V3.40)R1.53 n/a Based on NwDsk V3.40. /Peripherals ATAPI CDROM Identification2.22Freeware CHZ Monitor-Test2.0Freeware Parallel Port Information System1.45Freeware Video Memory Stress Test1.7GPL Enhanced Keyboard Checkern/aFreeware AT-Keyboard Testern/aFreeware /System AIDA162.14 n/a Discontinued ASTRA (Demo version)6.5014-day Demo Hardware Detection Tool0.5.2GPLpci.ids.gz: 20/02/2013 HWiNFO5.5.5Freeware NSSI0.60.45Freeware PC-Config9.33FreewareDiscontinued PCI1.1Freewarepcidevs.txt: Ver 671 (22-01-2008) PCISniffer3.0.0Freeware System Speed Test 324.78Freeware 041b061a72


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