These functions run a series of non-destructive tests on a system’s installed hard drives. Controller seek and read tests are performed to check a drive’s overall condition. Up to eight installed drives may be tested. A SCSI drive maybe tested if it is initialized on power-up without the need for a software driver.
Select the drive you want to test from the Hard Drive Menu. Pass/Fail results for each test are displayed on the screen. The Seek and Read tests take some time to execute. A progress bar is displayed to help you monitor the test.
Before running the non-destructive test, you will be given an option to choose a Quick Scan or Full Analysis. Quick Scan performs rapid a surface data scan while Full Analysis performs complete cylinder assessment.
SET Range – You can select to test a portion of the drive by using the Set Range function. This function allows you to set the Starting and Ending Cylinder addresses. Once the Cylinder addresses are set, you will be prompted to set the Starting and Ending Head. After entering this information, you can start the test. Keep in mind when performing this function that you are testing a limited portion of the drive.
Controller Internal Diagnostic – This test checks the System’s Hard Drive Controller to make sure it is functioning properly. If this test fails, it may indicate electrical and/or mechanical problems in the Controller sub-system, which can cause serious drive malfunctions to occur.
Drive Ready/Recalibrate – These tests verify that the Drive Ready and Recalibrate Controller Circuitry functions are operating properly.
Seek Test – This test performs a non-destructive harmonic pass across the entire disk checking the ability of the hard drive’s read/write heads to accurately locate tracks. No data on the hard disk is altered or destroyed while running this test. If the Seek Test fails, it may indicate physical flaws, and/or logical (read/write) errors on the media, and/or mechanical or electrical problems with the drive sub-system. Under Quick Scan, Funnel and Random Tests are skipped.
Read Test – This test performs a non-destructive sequential Read across the entire hard disk to check overall condition of the hard disk sub-system. No data on the hard disk is altered or destroyed while running this test. If this test fails, it may indicate physical flaws; and/or logical (read/write) errors on the media, and/or mechanical or electrical problems with the hard drive sub-system.