I have a Seagate 1Tb. HD set up as my boot drive, and according to its SMART parameters, it's starting to fail: the "Reallocated sectors count" is at 458 (and has been increasing for the last months), while "Current pending sectors" and "Uncorrectable sectors" have recently jumped from 0 to 3.
I'd like to use Seatools to do a through test of the drive before replacing it, but the problem is that I can't get it to work. (I should mention here that I have a Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard, and that I have the Intel controller set to RAID mode):
1) I installed Seatools for Windows, and it detects all the HDs in my system except the boot drive, which is the one I want to check.
2) I create a bootable CD with Seatools for DOS, set the controller in the BIOS to IDE mode and boot from it... and the CD either hangs silently, or hangs with an "invalid opcode" error.
3) Following the instructions here, I create a bootable USB drive with Seatools for DOS. I go to the BIOS, set the controller to IDE and boot from the USB drive... and it hangs with a message saying
"Bad or missing command line interpreter: command.com /P /E:256. Enter the full shell command line". And I can't find the
command.com file anywhere: neither in the USB drive, not inside the Seatools for DOS disk image.
At this point, my questions are: how can I get Seatools to work? And failing that, is there any other software that can do a through check of the drive in the same way that Seatools supposedly can? (I'm not talking about programs that read SMART parameters; I already got those).