I hope this is the right part of the forums to post about this. Maybe it should be in the software section? I don't think so, but it could be so.
Running under XP, I find its own HDD diagnostics tools seriously lacking. And the latest versions of Norton are even worse. So, as I'm in need to verify an HDD's safety and health in as deep a manner as possible, I ask for your ideas on what would be the best software for the task.
I already used XP's CHKDSK both normally an in its "scheduled booting test" mode, Fix-It Utilities 18.104.22.168 (Trial), and Western Digital's own software (Data LifeGuard diagnostics). I'm not fully convinced, 'cos CHKDSK keeps returning some "error in the file system" but is unable to fix it or even find it when I run it in fixing mode. Fix-It found errors but wasn't clear about them and wouldn't fix them either.
WD's own application did fix (as in, marked as bad) some supposed bad sectors...but I think the problem may still be there, seeing as how the computer would crash, and after that, wouldn't even boot up, 5 out of 6 times. It's working perfectly now after that supposed fix, but...
In short, I wanna be 110% positive the HDD will remain stable. I won't bore you all with the tech logs of all all these things...for now, I'll be happy to just know what piece of software I should get, to feel safe about returning this notebook to full usage. Oh, and I found a mention on HD Tune around here, so I'll be running it shortly...no need to recommend that one then.
Thank you all in advance, best of luck.