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SeaTools for Windows Editor's Review

Among all the hardware components used in a desktop or laptop, the hard disk is a prime one. In the hard disk is not in good shape, even a PC with powerful CPU and lots of RAM will malfunction or run sluggishly. Hard disk failure can lead to data loss and consequent problems. Hence, it makes sense that you use a hard disk health check and monitoring utility to be on safe side. There are several such utilities and if you want a freeware solution, try SeaTools for Windows. Made by reputed HDD maker Seagate, it is a utility that is more suited for intermediate and advanced users.

SeaTools for Windows can be installed on PCs with Windows XP and later editions. You need to download Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0 if that is not already installed in your system before running this app. It is a multilingual app.

SeaTools for Windows can be used to test condition of hard disks made by Seagate and various other manufacturers. It supports both internal and external hard disks with prevalent interfaces like SATA, SCSI and USB.

The app has a Spartan and clean UI. Upon launch, it automatically detects installed hard disks, including external ones and displays them in UI. You get detailed information on aspects like firmware revision, model number and serial number. Main icons are stacked horizontally on the UI’s top part.

You need to select one from the displayed drives and run various tests on them. As expected, the Short Drive Self Test and S.M.A.R.T. Check require a small amount of time to be completed. However, when the tests complete, you do not get any report. Its Long Drive Self Test however can make the system unresponsive. Aborting the test may cause the app to crash as well. The Help manual states it is an intensive test and Advanced Tests can render the HDD unusable.

The app also checks for any antivirus solution installed in the PC. You also get shortcuts to several Windows utilities like Disk Management and Device Manager.

Positive Points:
•    Wide hard drive type support.
•    Freeware, minimal UI.
•    Easy to Use.

Negative Points:
•    Short tests show no report.
•    Advanced Tests can lead to HDD failure.

Conclusion:
Seagate’s SeaTools for Windows is a HDD diagnostic utility that comes for free but it is not exactly suited for casual users. It is easy to install and UI is minimal and uncluttered. The app supports a vast range of external and internal HDD models. The short HDD tests are easy to run but they do not display any report. The advanced tests are recommended only for seasoned users and the app manual states running them can be risky.

Rating: 3/5







SeaTools for Windows Publisher's Description

SeaTools for Windows is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the disc drive in your external hard drive, desktop or notebook computer. It includes several tests that will examine the physical media on your Seagate or Maxtor disc drive and any other non-Seagate disc drive.

SeaTools for Windows tests USB, 1394, ATA (PATA/IDE), SATA and SCSI drives. It installs onto your system. SeaTools for Windows is completely data safe.

Free download from Shareware Connection - SeaTools for Windows is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the disc drive in your external hard drive, desktop or notebook computer.

Publisher: Seagate | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 1.2.0.10 | Size: 21196 KB | Platform: Win2000, Windows 7, Windows Server, WinOther, WinVista
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: SeaTools for Windows

Author Url: http://www.seagate.com
Program Info Url: http://www.seagate.com
Download Url: http://www.seagate.com/files/www-content/support-content/downloads/seatools/_shared/downloads/SeaToolsforWindowsSetup-1208.exe
Screenshot Url: http://soft4all.info/img/software/seatools.png

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