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Failed hard drive sounds
  • Clicking

  • Clunking

  • Grinding

  • Beeping

  • Clanking

  • Phaser

What does a

damaged hard drive

sound like?
Click on the image below for sounds that damaged drives make.

hard drive sounds

Free hard drive diagnostic software

Here is a list of free software you can download here for testing your hard drive by manufacturer. If for any reason your drive fails any of these tests you will need professional service or risk damaging your drive further or beyond repair. If your drive does not show in the system BIOS or when you run a test you will need professional service. If a drive is clicking, clunking, or buzzing do not attempt to run any tests or continue powering it on. Click on the images to download the tools.

1. Seagate SeaTools

Seagate SeaTools is free hard drive testing software that comes in two forms for home users:

SeaTools for DOS
seatools for dos download
supports Seagate or Maxtor drives and runs independent from your operating system on its own CD or disk, making it highly reliable.

SeaTools for Windows
seatools for windows download
is a program that installs on your Windows system. You can do basic and advanced testing of any kind of drive - internal or external - from any manufacturer.

For those looking for SeaTools Desktop, SeaTools Online, or Maxtor's PowerMax software, please note that the two tools above have replaced all three. Seagate now owns the Maxtor brand.

Note: You do not need to own a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive to use SeaTools.

Download the SeaTools User Guide below.
seatools user guide download
user guide

2. Hitachi Drive Fitness Test

Hitachi Drive Fitness Test is free hard drive diagnostic software available for use on most drives available today.

drive fitness test download
The Hitachi Drive Fitness Test software is available as an ISO file which can be burned to a CD and then used to boot the computer.

Note: You do not need to own a Hitachi hard drive to use Drive Fitness Test (DFT).

Download the installation instructions below.

download drive fitness test manual
user guide

3. Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic Tool

Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostic is free hard drive testing software designed for Western Digital branded hard drives only.

Data lifeguard tools download

Note: Data Lifeguard Diagnostic will also run diagnostics on hard drives from other manufacturers but the primary drive in the computer must be a Western Digital drive.

Download the user manual below.
data lifeguard manual download
user guide

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data recovery advice

Do not Open your drive.

Do not cook your drive.

Do not freeze your drive.

Do not continue to power the drive on.

Do not run checkdisk.

Do not bang the drive.