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These tools can be used to read/modify internal settings (like Acoustic Managment or S.M.A.R.T. status) and check/format/LowLevelFormat your HD.

Sometimes you need a tool from your manufacturer, but most times the HGST or MAXTOR or SEAGATE tool will do the job.

I provide direct links to the tools on the manufacturer sites. There you'll find a BootDisk Creator or an .ISO file.

HITACHI Feature Tool

HITACHI Drive Fitness Tool

MAXTOR PowerMax

MAXTOR Powermax UserGuide

SEAGATE SeaTools Desktop Edition

SAMSUNG SelfExtracting FloppyDisk Image (xxx KB)

FUJITSU SelfExtracting FloppyDisk Image (xxx KB)

NEC All in one Diagnostic Tools SelfExtracting FloppyDisk Image (xxx KB)

Western Digital Data Life Guard v11.0

Western Digital Diagnostics Utilities

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Here is WinAAM v1.8 (HD Automatic Acoustic Managment Changer for Windows). Normally you need to do that under DOS with HD manufacturere software. You can change from quiet, but slow access or "loud" and fast access. This app comes from c'T ComputerMagazin (german one) from 2002, but works with my 7K60. NICE! Only downside is you can't disable AAM, thats only possible with HD manufacturer software.

This app is in German and you need to have the original driver for HDs from MS installed. Third Party software or alternative IDE-Controller Software is not supported (that's what the author wrote). So i assume that this app is not working with the Intel Application Accellerator software.

- File is 14 KB

WinAAM_v1.8.zip

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HDTach 2.9.2.3 (beta v3.0)

This is the best (arguably) Hard Drive Benchmarking program.

Download, then just install.

It's a beta version, but will update program as newer versions come out.

This will show how your brand new 60GB 7200RPM drive does against others.

HDTach 2923 (1059KB)

hdtach.jpg

Enjoy,

Pieter.

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This is HiTACHi (IBM) "PowerBooster2K" v1.30 for HiTACHi/IBM drives only:

What it does

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Power Booster is a small Windows utility which lets the user control the

power saving features of his or her mobile disk drive. The program is

designed to work with Hitachi Travelstar 2.5" disks but will work with any

ATA disk drive that implements the Advanced Power Management control set.

The Advanced Power Management commands are new in the ATAPI-4 standard

for ATA disk drives. Although Travelstar drives have incorporated a

technology called Adaptive Battery Life Extender for several years, the

settings have been hidden from the user. This program lets users set

the level of power saving they want, giving a range of settings from very

aggressive power saving to full-on performance.

Release notes and system requirements

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Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP are tested and supported. There is

no Windows NT support.

You need the following Microsoft MFC and Windows libraries installed:

MSVCRT.dll, MFC42.dll, KERNEL32.dll, USER32.dll

(They will already be installed on most machines.)

The program is set for a 5 second AC and slider polling interval.

If the program is exited, the drive will remain in the last mode set.

filesize: 283K

PowerBooster2K.exe

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This is TOSHiBAs CD Silencer, which is able (not tested by me, though) to reduce the spinning speed in idle mode to get rid of annoying noises and vibrations.

Like i said i haven't tested this feature. As far as i know there are other tools like "Drive Speed v2.00.1" from the King of Kings: the NERO team, which has a comparable feature.

The TOSHiBA tool installs 2 files in a TOSCDSPD folder and a ControlPanel file in %WINDIR%\system32.

Reports & Feedback is always appreciated.

TOSHiBA CD Silencer | filesize 943.558 bytes

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You may also want to merge this regfile to include the CD Silencer Control Panel in your Toshiba Console application (under Customize Your Computer). If the Icon doesn't appear change the number from 19 to something else which isn't used (or write a PM)

CD.DVD.Silencer.reg

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Firmware Update for Toshiba HD, model MK2003GAH (20GB).

released: 03.09.2004 (by Toshiba JAPAN)

New version: AM06C

Enhancement: improved the starting time of hard disk drive.

Description: HERE (in japanese :) )

Affected models: HERE

Translation: HERE

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*Looks at the HDTach software that Pieter posted*

That software is nice but when I ran it it said it was out of date and the program quit, for anyone that is interested the new version can be found here.

http://simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach

It is really nice and I am about to compare the 2 HDs I have on this laptop, and see how fast the USB 2.0 and Firewire interfaces hold up. (on the external one)

I hope it was helpfull that I posted a link to the latest version of the software.

Bill

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TOSHiBA HDD Protection v1.01.07.

This software is designed for Satellite R15-S822, R10-S802TD and R15-S8222.

"It detects shocks and vibration to your computer and then automatically moves the head of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a safe location, reducing the risk of damage to your HDD."

I installed it successfully on my Laptop (needs a reboot to access the Control Panel), but can't say if it really works for other than the specified R series as i will not shake and rattle my Laptop/HDD for testing reasons :) . It says the software uses a sensor (probably installed in the R series Laptops) to detect vibrations.

It creates a service which automatically starts at every reboot, copies a ControlPanel file to system32 (ThpProp.cpl ) and the actual service .EXE (ThpSrv.exe). Furthermore a small (16kb) driver .SYS file gets installed to system32/drivers (thpdrv.sys).

Here's the link to download (2,6 MB):

http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/su...ds/sr10hddp.exe

Additionally attached is a .REG file to let an icon appear in the Toshiba Console :)

The code which you can customize accordingly to your reg entries for Toshiba Console is:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\TOSHIBA\TInTch\Ctgry0\30]

"Name"="HDD Protection"

"Info"="This utility detects shocks and vibration to your computer and then automatically moves the head of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a safe location, reducing the risk of damage to your HDD."

"Module"="ThpProp.cpl"

"Path"="ThpProp.cpl"

"Option"=""

"Icon"=dword:00000000

TSHDD_TConsole.reg

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Here's a screenshot of Console

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*UPDATE 23-MAR-2005* SilentDrive v2.1 (added commandline usage possibility)

The tool is in german, the available settings for AAM are (from left to right):

aus=off, laut=loud, mittel=average, leise=silent

Here's the explanation of AAM in english (LINK):

Automatic acoustics-management (AAM)

Contemporary modern hard disks with IDE-interface have a so-called automatic acoustics-management.

As the name already says, it is a question at that of the troublesome noise topic.

With this procedure the hard disk heads are quickened in a smaller way and slowed down in a smaller way. Result: The hard disk heads do less noise clearly in the case of hard disk grips. This noise is to be heard as a rattle. The noise of the spindle motor which drives the hard disk remains prospective on the other hand.

With this small program you can configure the AAM.

I attached the new version just in case

((DL28))

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silentdrive_v2.1.exe

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FIRMWARE UPDATE

for Western Digital Scorpio 80GB 5400rpm Mobile HDD (2,5")

applies to the following models:

40G - X7571 - WD400VE-75HDT0

60G - C8579 - WD600VE-75HDT0

80G - W7962 - WD800VE-75HDT0

FIXES:

Western Digital Utility patch corrects an intermittent clicking noise issue.

NEW FIRMWARE VERSION:

v09.07D09

DOWNLOAD:

[link] for updating from HardDisk

[link] for updating from FloppyDisk or BootableCD

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Dell IDE HDD Acoustic Management (DHAM) Software

This utility allows you to set the hard drive for QUIET or PERFORMANCE settings.

FIXES:

This version switches QUIET MODE & PERFORMANCE MODE settings on the Primary & Secondary controllers.

Previous version only switched hard drives on Primary controller.

NEW VERSION:

v1.02

DOWNLOAD:

[link]

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I don't know if you are aware of those firmware updates:

Matsushita Firmware Update

  • Version C102
  • This Firmware Update includes some changes, which are correcting failures in the old firmware.
  • Models: Satellite 5200-903, Satellite 5200-904
  • PAGE / DOWNLOAD

Toshiba SDR6012 Firmware Update

  • Version 1334
  • This Firmware Update corrects a potential write error from the DVD-R/RW SDR6012 drive.
  • Models: Satellite 5200-903, Satellite 5200-904, Satellite 2450-114, Satellite 2450-S103, Satellite 2450-S303, Satellite 5200-S802, Satellite 5200-902, Satellite 5200-802D, Satellite 5200-802, Satellite 2450-S402, Satellite 2450-S203, Satellite A20, Satellite 5200-801
  • PAGE / DOWNLOAD

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How can I uninstall my winaam software , also how can you access the program once it is installed to change the settings ??Thanks.

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WinAAM is an one file executable. No need to install or uninstall. Just delete the file and you're all set :)

In order to get access to AAM settings (if your HD supports it) start (doubleclick) WinAAM from any location on your HD:

aus=off, laut=loud, mittel=average, leise=silent

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Probably old news, so it's just for the records.

Hitachi Travelstar 5K80 Firmware (rev. A5EA) Update

  • Version A5EA
  • corrects an intermittent clicking noise issue on the following models:
    - HTS548020M9AT00 (20GB)
    - HTS548040M9AT00 (40GB)
    - HTS548060M9AT00 (60GB)
    - HTS548080M9AT00 (80GB)
  • PAGE / DOWNLOAD

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Toshiba Firmware Update for DVD Drives

Description:This firmware update addresses issues with DVD-RAM2 media, which is not compatible with these drives.

This firmware update is for the following optical disc drives:

SD-R2212

SD-R2412

SD-R2512

R6112

Applicable Models: Portege M200, M205-S809, M205-S810, R200-S214, M200-S218TD, M200-S838, R200-S2062, R200-S234

Satellite 1905-S277, 1905-S278, 5105-S607, 5105-S608, 5105, 1405-S151, 2405-S201, 2405-S221, 1905-S301, 1955-S801, 5105-S501, 5105-S701, 1405-S152, 2405-S202, 1955-S802, 5105-S502, 5105-S702, 1400-S151, 2400-S201, 2400-S251, 2400-S202, 2400-S252, 1400-S152, 1905-S302, 2405, 2400, 5105-S901, 1405-S171, 1405-S172, 1115-S103, 1415-S173, 1905-S303, 1955-S803, A10-S128, 1415-S174, 1905-S304, 1955-S804, 1110-S153, 1410-S173, 2410-S203, 1410-S174, 2410-S204, A10-S177, A25-S307, A10-S167, A25-S308, A15-S158, 1135-S1553, 1135-S1552, 1135-S1551, 1135-S125, A35-S209, A35-S159, A35-S1593, A25-S207, A20-S2591, A25-S279, A15-S1291, A15-S129, P25-S609, A35-S1592, P25-S5092, A35-S2091, P25-S5091, P25-S5201, P25-S520, A10-S1001, A10-S100, A40-S2701, A40-S270, A40-S2001, A40-S200, A45-S2501, P25-S5263, P25-S5262, P25-S5261, P25-S526, A25-S2792, P25-S670, A45-S1511, A45-S151, A45-S1211, A75-S2112, A65-S1069, A65-S1070, P30-S701TD, P35-S7012, P35-S6311, P35-S631, P35-S6111, P35-S611, A75-S2293, A75-S2311, A75-S231, A75-S2111, A75-S211, P35-S6292, P30-S6363ST, P30-S6362ST, P35-S6291, P35-S629, P35-S6091, P35-S609, M30X-S1593ST, M30X-S1592ST, A70-S2492ST, A75-S2292, A75-S2291, A75-S229, A75-S2091, A75-S209, A70-S2591, A70-S259, A70-S2491, A70-S249, A65-S1362, A65-S1067, A65-S1066, A65-S1091, A65-S109, A60-S1592ST, A60-S1591ST, A60-S1591, A60-S159, A55-S1791, A55-S179, A55-S1291, A55-S129, A15-S1292, A10-S1291, A35-S1591, 1955-S807, A60-S1662, A65-S1063, A65-S1361, A65-S136, A65-S1261, A65-S126, A65-S1762, A65-S1062, A65-S1065, A65-S1064, A65-S1662, A55-S3063, A55-S3261, A55-S326, A55-S3062, A55-S3061, A55-S306, A60-S1661, A60-S166, A60-S1561, A60-S156, A70-S2561, A70-S256, A45-S130, A10-S1691, P25-S508, 1130-S155, A50S-S1064, A55-S1066, A60-S1072, A60-S1173, A55-S1065, A55-S1064, P35-S6053, A55-S1063, M30X-S221TD, A70-S2482TD, M30X-S221ST, M30X-S191TD, A55-S106, A75-S1255, A75-S1254, A75-S1252, A75-S1253, A75-S1251, A75-S125, M30X-S181ST, A75-S2131, A75-S213, P35-S6052, P35-S6051, P35-S605, M30X-S171ST, A65-S1068, P35-S6112, A75-S2762, A75-S2761, A75-S276, A75-S2261, A75-S226, A75-S2061, A75-S206, P25-S676, A45-S121, A40-S1611, A40-S161, P25-S5093, A15-S1692, A45-S1202, A45-S2502, A45-S1301, A45-S250, A45-S1501, A45-S150, A45-S1201, A45-S120, A10-S169, A20-S259, A25-S2791, P25-S509, 1130, A10-S129, P25-S607, 1135-S1554, P25-S507, P25-S477, P25-S487, M20-S258, M20-S257, A25-S208, A20-S208, A20-S207, A10-S178, A15-S157, A15-S128, 1115-S104, 2415-S205, 2415-S206, 2410-S205, 2410-S206, 1415-S105, 1115-S123, 1415-S115, 2410-S185, 1410-S105, 1410-S106, 1415-S106, 1115-S107, 1955-S805, 1955-S806, 1135-S155, 1130-S156, 1135-S156, 1135, A10-S127, A15-S127

Tecra A1, TE2300, A2, S1

libretto U100, U105, U100-S213

Version: 1.0

Size: 3,578,344 bytes

DOWNLOAD / INFO

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TOSHiBA HDD Protection v1.01.07.

This software is designed for Satellite R15-S822, R10-S802TD and R15-S8222.

"It detects shocks and vibration to your computer and then automatically moves the head of the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) to a safe location, reducing the risk of damage to your HDD."

I installed it successfully on my Laptop (needs a reboot to access the Control Panel), but can't say if it really works for other than the specified R series as i will not shake and rattle my Laptop/HDD for testing reasons :) . It says the software uses a sensor (probably installed in the R series Laptops) to detect vibrations.

It creates a service which automatically starts at every reboot, copies a ControlPanel file to system32 (ThpProp.cpl ) and the actual service .EXE (ThpSrv.exe). Furthermore a small (16kb) driver .SYS file gets installed to system32/drivers (thpdrv.sys).

Here's the link to download (2,6 MB):

http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/content/su...ds/sr10hddp.exe

Additionally attached is a .REG file to let an icon appear in the Toshiba Console :)

The code which you can customize accordingly to your reg entries for Toshiba Console is:

can i use this software for this HDD?http://reviews.cnet.com/Toshiba_MK1031GAS_hard_drive_100_GB_ATA_100/4507-3186_7-31653214.html?tag=sub

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Since you have not the R series it's a try and error game also for you. I bet not, but who knows. Do you have the mentioned 'sensor' installed in your Laptop? Which is hard to answer unless you have taken appart your M60 or find a Service Manual including all the built in components and board layout.

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Firmware update for Samsung MP0603H 60GB

This package updates the firmware to version UD100-20.

FIXES:

- Resolves issue where false failures may be reported when executing the HP BIOS Hard Disk Test.

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Since you have not the R series it's a try and error game also for you. I bet not, but who knows. Do you have the mentioned 'sensor' installed in your Laptop? Which is hard to answer unless you have taken appart your M60 or find a Service Manual including all the built in components and board layout.

i installed the software without any error!!this software will install in every notebook or only special notebooks with HDD sensors ?

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Firmware update for Samsung MP0603H 60GB

This package updates the firmware to version UD100-20.

FIXES:

- Resolves issue where false failures may be reported when executing the HP BIOS Hard Disk Test.

DOWNLOAD

Hello, I downloaded the same file from the hp site (http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqnk/us/download/23296.html), installed it but when I get to the part of the booting and updating the firmware I get a message telling that a file can't be found...

Any ideas?

I'm using a HP Compaq nx9010 with XP Professional

Thanks in advance

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If the Updater runs under DOS (haven#t tested) the partition needs to be FAT. Best bet in this case is to use a Bootable Diskette or bootable USBstick.

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Toshiba SDR6012 Firmware Update
  • Version 1334
  • This Firmware Update corrects a potential write error from the DVD-R/RW SDR6012 drive.
  • Models: Satellite 5200-903, Satellite 5200-904, Satellite 2450-114, Satellite 2450-S103, Satellite 2450-S303, Satellite 5200-S802, Satellite 5200-902, Satellite 5200-802D, Satellite 5200-802, Satellite 2450-S402, Satellite 2450-S203, Satellite A20, Satellite 5200-801
  • PAGE / DOWNLOAD

FYI--this upgrade also works with SDR-6012 drives in Toshiba Satellite 5205-S703 machines (and I'm assuming 5205-S704s). My 5205-S703's drive now has firmware 1334. The upgrade solved a DVD writing problem that made several coasters...

IMPORTANT NOTE--When applying this patch to a SDR-6012 on a 5205-S703, make sure it is a 13xx firmware product only. (I read somewhere that all of the SDR-6012s in Toshiba StyleBays have the 13xx revision). XP doesn't give you the firmware version, so you'll need something like Nero to figure out what you have. There are 3 families out there for SDR-6012s: 10xx, 13xx, and 17xx, and their most recent firmware revisions are 1034, 1334, and 1734, respectively. The link above is to the hardest to find patch, for the 13xx product family. (The 10xx and 17xx patches are readily available)...

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