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    Challenge accepted!!

    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.

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    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).
    CPU: Prime95.
    System Info: CPU-Z.

    All free.

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    I use the UBCD tools, always good to keep a copy around!
    Ultimate Boot CD - Overview

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    Download the Hiren's Boot CD

    Full of useful programs! I wouldn't do a job without it

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    You can see SMART data with SpeedFan
    Better still, download CrystalDiskInfo (from the same website as CrystalDiskMark).


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    Not free but only £150 I've always used the PC Check suite for PC diagnostics.

    Ben

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    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

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    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..

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICTDirect_Dave View Post
    Download the Hiren's Boot CD

    Full of useful programs! I wouldn't do a job without it
    Or don't, because of all the stuff that's not licensed for business use on it....

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    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.

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    Hiren's is now entirely clean of anything nasty, and is still far better than the quite sparse UBCD.

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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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Hiren's is now entirely clean of anything nasty.
    It still has a lot of applications that are free for personal non-commercial use only.
    Last edited by Arthur; 7th August 2014 at 02:11 PM.



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