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I'm having hardware troubles, with BSODs and whatnot. I've tested my RAM using Memtest86+, and I'm looking for something similar to check my hard disks.

My DVD-drive isn't very reliable, and I never paid much attention to it, so I'd need software that's either able to run from a USB stick, or as a Windows program straight up.

Must haves

  • Able to check my Crucial M4 SSD and Western Digital HDD.
  • Either runnable from USB stick or as a straight up Windows 8 compatible program.
  • Simple to use, i.e. a simple "Run all tests" button will do fine (analogous to Memtest86+).
  • Gratis.
  • One-time use software (i.e. I don't need "monitoring" software that auto-updates, etc).
  • Some level of certainty that the tests are broad (i.e. tests for a wide range of problems).

Nice to haves

  • Able to check any kind of SATA3 disk, both SSD and plain old HDDs.
  • Open source and/or great reputation.
  • Noob-friendly to download/start.
  • Hardware-noob-friendly feedback. I'm tech-savvy, but not a hardware guy.

I've tried using the Windows 8 built in tool for checking the HDD (right click the drive, select properties, Tools tab, Error checking), but it was done very quickly and gave no feedback other than "all is well".

So, what would you recommend? Is there a "Memtest for HDDs" out there?

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You can use HD Tune Pro

  • has a trial version so it is gratis as a one-time use software
  • able to check my Crucial M4 SSD and Western Digital HDD. (first-hand experience since I have both)
  • simple to use
  • I've been using it for years, always happy with it

Error scan (quick and slow scan):

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Health:

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Speed map:

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    +1, thanks for your suggestion. The app worked as expected, even though it did not find my issue (for which I can't fault it). However, I can't quite accept the answer, as the free trial doesn't equal gratis: if I have HDD trouble again in -say- two months from now I can't use this tool again as the trial will have expired. Thanks though! – Jeroen May 9 '14 at 6:06

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