SeaTools for Windows
SeaTools for Windows is Seagate’s collection of utilities oriented towards testing SATA, USB, ATA and SCSI drives against hardware conflicts, corrupt devices and virus threats.
In order to achieve this complex task, it includes a series of tests meant to diagnose the condition of all the internal and external devices, both Seagate and non-Seagate drives. This means its purpose is carried out for any modern drive, regardless of the manufacturer.
SeaTools for Windows relies on a user-friendly, yet professional looking interface that comprises a series of menus which host a rich collection of diagnosis utilities.
Upon launch, the application automatically detects the installed drives (both internal and external), together with the model number, the firmware revision, as well as their status (which tells you if the device is ready to be tested or is still undergoing identification).
At this point, simply select the drive to be tested and choose one of the tools provided inside the Basic Tests menu. The S.M.A.R.T. Check and the Short Drive Self Test take the least, time-wise and both of them will specify if your drive runs within decent parameters, but without providing a detailed report in this regard.
A more in-depth assessment of your drive configuration can be performed by the Long Generic test or the Advanced utilities comprised by SeaTools for Windows, but be warned that these are very lengthy processes and some of them may even result in data loss (you are actually warned about this beforehand).
Other highlights include a check test for the currently installed antivirus solution, as well as a report related to boot drive properties and a collection of shortcuts to Windows standard utilities such as Device Manager, System Info, Disk Management and System Properties.
Considering all of the above, SeaTools for Windows is definitely aimed at an experimented audience. Improper or incorrect use of such an application may lead to severe damage.
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