How do you do....it? Thread, Challenge accepted!! in Technical; Recommend me some software that will run RAM and hard drive tests, preferable for free but I don't mind paying ...
7th August 2014, 10:26 AM #1
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Recommend me some software that will run RAM and hard drive tests, preferable for free but I don't mind paying if its worth it.
7th August 2014, 10:33 AM #2
RAM: MemTest86+, burnt to a bootable CD.
HDD: CrystalDiskMark, use it on a healthy HDD to get a benchmark then run it on a suspicious HDD. Performance will be low it if's broken. You can see SMART data with SpeedFan, for what that's worth (won't always tell you if a HDD is faulty, though if it claims something is wrong it usually is).
System Info: CPU-Z.
7th August 2014, 10:33 AM #3
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I use the UBCD tools, always good to keep a copy around!
Ultimate Boot CD - Overview
7th August 2014, 10:40 AM #4
7th August 2014, 10:46 AM #5
Download the Hiren's Boot CD
Full of useful programs! I wouldn't do a job without it
7th August 2014, 10:55 AM #6
Better still, download CrystalDiskInfo (from the same website as CrystalDiskMark).
Originally Posted by sonofsanta
7th August 2014, 11:21 AM #7
Not free but only £150 I've always used the PC Check suite for PC diagnostics.
7th August 2014, 11:30 AM #8
I always used to use PC CHeck (and have the dongles!) but so much of it became irrelevant in the last few years, I now prefer to use the utilities in Hirens Boot CD instead. Memtest x86 and the manufacturer's HDD diagnostics as well as HDD Sentinel/SMART UDM Viewer
7th August 2014, 11:35 AM #9
The PC Check application is still a comprehensive test suite for memory, motherboard, cpu, hard drive and gfx testing and is regularly updated for new chipsets etc..
7th August 2014, 11:50 AM #10
Or don't, because of all the stuff that's not licensed for business use on it....
Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave
7th August 2014, 12:09 PM #11
Hirens used to have ghost and commercial stuff on it, since then he has purged it of the naughty stuff.
I have the newer and older versions, they include the mem and hd tools and find it a boon.
Legalities aside I prefer hirens boot disk.
7th August 2014, 12:15 PM #12
Hiren's is now entirely clean of anything nasty, and is still far better than the quite sparse UBCD.
7th August 2014, 12:20 PM #13
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I use Hiren's too. I keep it on CD and a USB key tucked away for these kinds of things.
For this kind of thing I also use Pass marks - BurnInTest
7th August 2014, 12:42 PM #14
Don't the computer manufacturer that you use have there own bootable cd or software to diagnose ram / hdd etc
Lenovo and Dell do, not checked other manufacturers
The lenovo disc auto generates a result code afterwards which the lenovo support rep can verify and send out a replacement part under warranty or whatever is required
7th August 2014, 12:44 PM #15
It still has a lot of applications that are free for personal non-commercial use only.
Originally Posted by synaesthesia
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