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software to Diagnostic hardware parts?

Discussion in 'Software' started by hans.andrei, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. hans.andrei

    hans.andrei Bit Poster

    Hy to all!

    I need your advice! I want to buy some software to diagnostic/detect faulty hardwares.

    Best regards,
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  2. SimonD
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    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    I think you need to expand on this a little bit more because no one piece of software is going to do this for you, also there are obviously going to be components that you can't test.

    What exactly do you want to test?

    As an example I would use something like Memtest86+ to diagnose memory issues (this is free btw) and I would also perhaps use a psu tester to test power rails on a PSU.

    Different tools for different jobs.
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  3. hans.andrei

    hans.andrei Bit Poster

    Mainly I`m interest how can I put a diagnostic on a Main-board is faulty. Or video card.. HDD ... CPU... test different ports onto main-board. I need Some good diagnostic tools even if it will be to pay.

    Even tools, even software's I would like to know.

    What software do you recommend to recover data from a HDD?

    thank you
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  4. Simonvm

    Simonvm Kilobyte Poster

    What you'd need for that is a POST card:


    You can read up about it here
    That should give you a better idea which part is causing a PC not to boot. I've never seen anyone use one though...
    You can just replace suspect parts with known good ones until you've found the cause.

    To test hard disks, use the diagnostic tools provided by the disk manufacturers. I believe Ultimate Boot CD has them bundled.
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    At our last place we used Ultra-X and found that very useful. A combination of hardware & software to diagnose faults. IMO, it's better than just using software or a POST card - however it does have a price to match the advanced utilities.

    It really does depend, was the file deleted, HDD formatted, or is the HDD faulty (hardware wise)?

    We've had success with PCinspector and getback NTFS. For actual faulty HDD's, we just recommend to send them to a specialist.

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  6. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Eurosoft do a range of tools but I alays used PC-Check plus the port plug checkers.
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