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Automatic Diagnostics

Automatic Checkup feature diagnoses the following hard drive components:

One-button start of Diagnostics

One-button start of Diagnostics

First, hard drive's electronics (printed circuit board or PCB) is diagnosed. The system applies power to the device and records and analyzes spin-up current curve. This allows to detect most issues with the PCB and the motor. Then, the contents of the hard drive's ATA registers and device identification sector are being analyzed:

Measuring hard drive's currents

Measuring hard drive's currents


After that, the head stack is tested. Several factors are taken into consideration when diagnosing heads: media access time for each head, power consumption curves, and internal hard drive's error reporting systems:

Head stack test

Head stack test


If head stack looks good, the system performs a short media scan. The purpose of this scan is to find out how many "bad sectors" (if any) there are on the surface:

Checking media surface for bad sectors

Checking media surface for bad sectors


Then, several firmware tests are performed:

Firmware checks

Firmware checks


If no issues found up to this point, a file systems checkup is performed:

Short analysis of filesystems

Short analysis of filesystems


After all tests are done, Atola Insight Forensic will display the full report. Diagnostics result message box contains a short summary of all tests:

Final diagnosis

Final diagnosis