Want to make sure your PS2 hard drive is in working order? SP193 has the tool to make that happen!
If you've got a PS2 HDD, the only real great way to see how well the internals are working would usually be to cut open the entire unit to see how efficiently everything is spinning. This can be a risky procedure for the hardware that you care about, so SP193 has arrived with a solution. HDDChecker is a surface scan utility designed for stock Sony PS2 drives. It also has a few other advanced features that are explained in the changelog below!
HDDChecker is a basic disk diagnostic tool meant for testing the health of your PlayStation 2 console's Harddisk Drive unit. It was conceived and constructed because I didn't want to see anymore poor SCPH-20400 units being cut open, just to have the disks within them taken out for testing.A It'll also be useful for those people who need to check the condition of their HDD units, but don't have a working IDE port on their computers to connect the disk to.
Detects and lists the model, serial, firmware and S.M.A.R.T. status of HDD unit 0 (Primary Master).
Performs a surface scan of the disk.
Supports 48-bit LBA disks up to 2TB.
Performs zero-filling of the disk with large blocks (65536 sectors for ATA-5-compliant disks, and 256 sectors for ATA-4-compliant disks).
With the surface scan, bad sectors found might be remappable. Based on my research, it appears that writing to a to-be-remapped sector (those hard-to-read sectors, as recorded by the disk) will kick off the actual sector remapping process. However, this has not been widely tested.
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