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Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

Q: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

I sometimes wonder about techs using tools such as Seatools, HDD regenerator etc to diagnose/repair hard drives. Do any of these tools beat Chkdsk in any way?
(besides data recovery tools, I guess those have no match in Windows).

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repair a hard drive?

IMO, always use the tool provided by the vender. At the time you need this tool, you don't need a 3rd party screw-up to 'help you' really mess it up.
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I sometimes wonder about techs using tools such as Seatools, HDD regenerator etc to diagnose/repair hard drives. Do any of these tools beat Chkdsk in any way?

(besides data recovery tools, I guess those have no match in Windows).

Thank you

A:Do you need more than Windows default tools to check/repai

Seatools checks a lot more than file system integrity so I'd say yes, that and similar are good to use when needed.
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It may never stop. You'll probably have to shut it down. There are no repairs that take that long.

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Quote: Originally Posted by UserNam

I have multiple problems but right now my repair tools aren't working. I have a disc and its on the hard drive but when I boot it, it only shows the background and nothing else. I have access to my normal startup and safe mode. I have already tried "sfc /scannow" but it did not help. Please help.

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A:Hard Drive Tools

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Greetings and Welcome to The Forums!!My name is Gringo and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems. I have put together somethings for you to keep in mind while I am helping you to make things go easier and faster for both of usPlease do not run any tools unless instructed to do so.
We ask you to run different tools in a specific order to ensure the malware is completely removed from your machine, and running any additional tools may detect false positives, interfere with our tools, or cause unforeseen damage or system instability.Please do not attach logs or use code boxes, just copy and paste the text.
Due to the high volume of logs we receive it helps to receive everything in the same format, and code boxes make the logs very difficult to read. Also, attachments require us to download and open the reports when it is easier to just read the reports in your post.Please read every post completely before doing anything.
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Just uninstall the program, reinstall to D:

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A:Hard Drive Check.

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Seagate Expansion Portable Drive (2.5") that would be around 12 months old.Click to expand...

I haven't checked, but is there any chance it's still under warranty? Dig up your receipt or record of purchase.
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