SeaTools for Windows

SeaTools for Windows

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.6
out of 16 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.0.6
  • Total Downloads:
    49,432
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    20.69MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    127
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Hard disk maker Seagate's SeaTools for Windows scans your disk drives for driver corruption, broken master boot records, viruses and Trojans, spyware, and any hardware conflicts. You'll have to take its word that it's working, though, because it doesn't offer any scan details.

SeaTools' user interface is extremely stark: basic menu items line the top of a plain window, with detected drives are listed below. It detected our only drive, along with its serial number, model number, firmware revision, and drive and test status. We went through each test that the program offered, starting with the S.M.A.R.T. Check. The program quickly scanned our drive, and it passed the test, but that's all we know; SeaTools doesn't display scan results. The Short Drive Self Test had the same outcome. The Long Drive Self Test, however, never progressed past a certain point. We eventually had to abort the test, which caused the program to freeze and shut down. We later learned from the Help file that the test can take up to four hours and works in 10-percent increments. The Advanced Tests feature stern warnings that you can lose data or render your drive unusable should you proceed. That was enough for us--we left it untouched. The one place SeaTools displays useful scan data is the Drive Information feature, which offers a detailed report that can be saved to a file.

SeaTools for Windows is free. It installs desktop icons without asking, but it uninstalls cleanly. We recommend it for intermediate to advanced users.

 
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1 stars

"Useless software, doesn't run"

September 14, 2012  |  By mdppat64

 |  Version: SeaTools for Windows 1.2.0.6

Pros

NONE at all, dont waste your time downloading it

Cons

Does not run, gets stuck on detecting SCSI drives and just sits there for as long as you want to leave it until you end the process running it. Even the latest version from seagate doesn't work.

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1 stars

"SeaTools for Windows = Tech-Inferior Crap That Crashes"

August 12, 2012  |  By krosafcheg

 |  Version: SeaTools for Windows 1.2.0.6

Pros

It is clear evidence of how Seagate:
(1) Allows, for years, SeaTools (in all its bug-ridden versions) to fester;
(2) Gains extra profit by outsourcing programming work to temporary contract hires (read: overseas peons);
(3) Isolates its engineers and top-level tech staff from Seagate-Support Chimps; and
(4) Maintains ongoing contempt for its customers.

Cons

FOR NO GOOD TECHNICAL REASON, SeaTurds for Windows REQUIRES installation of the system-infecting POS known as "Microsoft .NET," because Seagate's contract programmers care more about their convenience than writing code free from bloat and superfluous dependency.

The bug-ridden 2007 version of SeaTurds -- which misdiagnoses some of Seagate's 2012 internal drives and CANNOT DEAL ADEQUATELY (OR AT ALL) WITH EXTERNAL DRIVES -- demanded .Net 2.0.

This bug-ridden 2011 version of SeaTurds demands .Net 4.0, an even lengthier installation of garbage no one wants. Better yet, SeaTurds bombs out after installation thereof (Google "SeaTools" and the .Net error fragments "fatal error," "argument length," and "System.String").

SeaTurds is USELESS.

Summary

This shows what a virtual monopoly decides: Seagate (who owns Maxtor and Samsung drives) is making so much money that it is okay if a certain percentage of its customers receive defective products or suffer fake, BS "tools" meant to pacify them (or, more likely, make them think that they did something wrong).

Just make them pay (again) for shipment of a warranty replacement, if need be: A REFURB that just might make it to the warranty's end (I'm on my SECOND refurb in JUST THREE YEARS for a 1TB that has 2 years left on its warranty: I've spent at least $25 additional, this way, on a drive size decreasing in price each year).

Seagate JUST WANTS YOUR MONEY. SeaTools for Windows is a broken PACIFIER.

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1 stars

"Absolutely useless"

July 18, 2012  |  By keithhodgson

 |  Version: SeaTools for Windows 1.2.0.6

Pros

None that I can think of

Cons

Doesn't work on any drive, Seagate, Maxtor, IBM/Hitachi WD

Summary

I downloaded this to check out some old hard drives to see if they were worth saving. I went through all the drives and they all passed! Not good news seeing as I knew one had failed and another was throwing up disk errors for fun! One of the failing drives was a Seagate so I ran the advanced utilities which claimed they would repair the drive. It completed and reported back all was well. I formatted the drive (or tried to) and it failed at about 90%, just sat there for about 2 hours.
I've now removed this from my PC. Makes me wary of the old DOS version as well now.

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3 stars

"Basic tests not as informative as similar utilities"

January 01, 2012  |  By pierce113

 |  Version: SeaTools for Windows 1.2.0.6

Pros

Simply Interface

Cons

Limited Diagnostic Information

Summary

Limited usefulness

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1 stars

"Error - Won't Start"

January 01, 2012  |  By kncuda

 |  Version: SeaTools for Windows 1.2.0.6

Pros

None so far

Cons

Scans for supported drives and gives error message "Fatal error: Device Discovery", with the text "Argument 'Length' must be greater or equal to zero. System.String Mid....(etc.)"

Summary

Can't tell if the software does anything if it won't start properly. Appears to be a programming issue to me.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Seagate
Publisher web site http://www.seagate.com/
Release Date December 22, 2011
Date Added December 22, 2011
Version 1.2.0.6
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework v4.0
Download Information
File Size 20.69MB
File Name SeaToolsforWindowsSetup-1208.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 49,432
Downloads Last Week 127
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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