IDE/ATA Drive Diagnostics

IDE/ATA Drive Diagnostics

From time to time we all need a simple, but small, application to test a hard drive, run some simple diagnostics, do a low-level scan or just verify drive letter assignments without spending a fortune buying retail packages. The programs listed below are distributed under the freeware concept by WTY Soft. Each of the four programs can be freely used and distributed as long as you adhere to the license agreement that is included with each package. Simple concept, don’t charge for them, or if you do, make an arrangement with WTY Soft, after all, they wrote them now didn’t they!

ADQ 1.01 Program information

ADQ is an hard disk information utility which test whether options are supported on your hard drive The current version supports drives up to ATA-2. ADQ is not designed as a speed test utility. Some tested functions are: supported PIO modes, supported DMA modes, drive vendor, serial number, etc. It also includes a comprehensive help system explaining most hard disk relates terms.

Version info: Version 1.01

  • Optimized the drive detection algorithm.
  • Fixed a bug in the ‘cross-read supported’ test
  • Fixed a bug which made ADQ crash in the test section with some BIOS’s

License information:

This is a freeware package, it’s use is subject to the included license agreement!

Downloading:

Click here to download ADQ version 1.01 (93 KB)

SIDED Program information

SIDED stands for Small IDE Diagnostics. It is designed to give more insight when a IDE/ATA drive is malfunctioning. SIDED checks exclusively for hardware failures such as failing drive electronics.

Version info

  • Version 1.01: Fixed bug in print routine of “Reading sector”.
  • Version 1.02: Fixed some minor bugs.
  • Version 1.03: Fixed interrupt handling bug.

License information

This is a freeware package, it’s use it subject to the license agreement!

Downloading:

Click here to download SIDED version 1.03 (45 KB)

IDESCAN Program information

IDESCAN is a low level surface scanner designed exclusively for use with IDE (ATA) drives. IDESCAN uses register I/O to scan the drive’s surface and reports the precise error. IDESCAN can also detect suspicious accesses, these accesses are often a sign of degradation. This may allow you to detect oncoming failures before the operating system does!

Version info

  • Version 1.01: Fixed the “Detecting hardware at controller 170, this may take a while” bug.

License information

This package is freeware, it’s use is subject to the license agreement!

Downloading:

Click here to download IDESCAN (63 KB)

DRIVCONF Program information (version 1.00)

DRIVCONF has been designed to provide technical support for our low level IDE(ATA)/ATAPI packages. The program reports the association between the physical and logical drives. It was primarily designed to provide support for our ATA/IDE diagnostic packages, but can also be a useful tool without these programs.

License information:

This is a freeware package, it’s use is subject to the included license agreement!

Downloading:

Click here to download DRIVCONF (22 KB)

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This page updated: 10/9/2000

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