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How to use SeaTools Bootable

SeaTools Bootable is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the health of your drive. It includes several tests that will examine the physical media on your Seagate, LaCie, Maxtor, or Samsung disk drive and any non-Seagate disk drive. 

Creating Bootable media
  • The flash drive must be at least 256 MBs but no larger than 32 GBs.
  • Drive must be formatted FAT32.
  • The bootable media requires a USB flash drive and Seaboot USB maker download here.

Using the bootable media

Once the bootable media has been created then boot the computer with the media connected to your computer. If it doesn't boot from the media then boot order may need to be adjusted in the computer BIOS. Consult the manufacturer for information on changing boot sequence.

Select SeaTools Bootable Diagnostics
Note: The bootable media will have both SeaTools Bootable and SeaChest on the flash drive.

Select the appropriate language, then click OK
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The next screen has the End User License Agreement, click I accept

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Listed is all detected drives, their model ID, Serial Numbers, and Revision (Firmware version). Along the top there are seven options, File, Basic Tests, Rescan, Advanced Features, Language, Help, and Exit.

Under File:
  • About - Displays the version currently running
  • View Log - Displays a log of the test ran, if the test was successful, failed, or aborted with the drive serial used in the test.

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Basic Tests:
Note: If testing on a laptop, please connect the AC adapter to ensure adequate power during testing.
  • S.M.A.R.T Check - Checks to see if S.M.A.R.T has been tripped.
  • Short Drive Self Test - Runs through diagnostics built into the drives firmware.
  • Short Generic Test - Test various areas of the drive.
  • Long Generic - Read each sector of the drive.
  • Fix All - The two options are Fix All Fast and Fix All Long. This feature repairs all bad sectors. Be sure to have a backup of the data prior to running either Fix All option.
    • Fast will use the drive's activity log to determine which sector may be bad. If it successfully reallocates then it moves to the next sector, if not successful then the test fails. 
    • Long does a complete scan of the media to identify any problem sector and reallocate them. Long will take several hours to complete.

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Advanced Features:

When Advanced Features is selected a warning will pop-up stating that there are data destructive options which could cause data loss. Press F8 to enable Advanced Tests.
  • Spin Down - Spins the drive down so you can determine if noise in a system is caused by the drive or by something else.
  • Set Max LBA - Allows the drive capacity to be reduced or set to its native maximum capacity.
  • Erase - Writes zeros to the entire drive.
  • Erase Write Same - This is a faster (especially for USB drives) version of Erase.
  • Erase Sanitize - Once started takes ~3 hours per terabyte and once start must complete before normal use of the drive is returned. 
  • Erase PSID - Erases the drive encryption key which only takes a few seconds to complete
    • Note: Erase options vary by drive.
Under Erase there are four options:
  • Overwrite Full - Fills the entire drive with zeros. It can be used to recover bad sectors and erases all data.
  • Erase Track ZERO - Quick Zero fill to erase the data and partitions from a drive. This option requires one second to complete.
  • Range - Use this option to start an erase at the specified starting and ending LBA.
  • Time - (10 second, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes) - Handy for when quick zerofill just doesn't get it all (ie, in case of boot loaders, etc).

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  • Provides the ability to change the language within SeaTools Bootable
  • Provides a help manual within the application.
  • Log files can only be permanently saved if operating SeaTools from a USB device.
  • Test results are automatically saved in a log file with a file name based on the drive serial number. While using the applications, the contents of these logs will also be displayed in real time in the tabs in the lower right panel.
  • Logs may also view these by exiting the SeaTools Bootable application clicking on the small x icon in the upper left hand side of the screen. The terminal screen will show the names of the various serial number logs which are available on the USB drive. View these logs by using the Linux "more" command by typing "more yourserialnumber.log" (do type in the actual serial number). After reading the log, press the q key to quit back to the command line. To restart SeaTools Bootable type the command "sudo ST4L --exitPowerOff". (Be sure to use the exact upper and lower case letters when you type a command in Linux.)