The SMART check examines the drive’s SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) logs, which the drive manages during normal operation, to quickly determine if the drive has experienced problems before. Failure in the test is called a “SMART Trip” and is a short-term prediction of failure. A warranty exchange is recommended when the SMART Check test fails.
Quick DST, or Drive Auto Test, is a thorough diagnostic routine built into the hard drive firmware. Firmware is the machine language installed on a disk drive that controls its behavior. DST doesn’t corrupt data at all. A warranty exchange is recommended when the Short Drive Auto Test fails.
Quick Generic Tests are similar to DST functions, but are implemented in software, and do not require a drive to support special commands. The Quick Test doesn’t destroy the data at all.
The Long Generic Test will scan the entire drive for damage. Takes a long time to finish. Since this test reads every sector on the drive, the amount of time it takes will depend on the speed and capacity of the disk drive. The highest capacity drives typically take 3 to 5 hours per terabyte to complete. You can Cancel the test at any time without disturbing the drive. Long Tests don’t destroy data at all.
The Fix All feature will fix problematic sectors whenever possible. The Quick and Long Fix requires you to press the F8 key which is your acknowledgment that SeaTools should try to address any unreadable LBA (sector) issues it may detect. It is important to know that if a sector is faulty and unreadable, then the data on it has been erased. See “Help Topic: Problem Sector Found” for more information on this topic.
Audio Testing – (Slows down) Sometimes a faulty hard drive makes an unusual sound. However, usually the power supply or CPU fan is mistaken for a hard drive. This test will slow down the drive like a power management idle state. If the drive is the source of noise, the sound will stop. If the noise persists, you can remove the hard drive as the source.
Set LBA Max. – Sometimes the disk drive may be too large and its size needs to be reduced to a lower capacity. Similarly a drive with reduced capacity may need to be reset to its original maximum capacity. Three options are available in this section