PS2 developer @sp193 who is one of the driving forces behind PS2 development and responsible for many contributions in the PS2 community, now has an update to one of the devs popular utility for the PlayStation 2. PS2 HDD Checker v0.941 has been made available on the projects official page, Test the health of your PS2 HDD with this easy to use utility from SP193's collection.
PlayStation 2 HDD checker
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. >_>
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.
It has the following features:
- 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.
- With the surface scan, bad sectors found might be remappable***
- Checks for damage to the APA scheme and PFS partitions.
- Optimizes the partitions on the HDD to reclaim space.
*** Writing to a to-be-remapped sector (those hard-to-read sectors, as recorded by the disk) may cause them to be remapped. However, this might not be the case for all disks.
Changelog for v0.941:
- Fixed missing return value in HDD.IRX.
- Added more comments to FSCK.
- Changed some code to avoid potential mismatched-sign comparisons.
- Fixed coordinate overflow in font-drawing.
- Rebuilt to not have the full kernel OSD patch (PS2SDK update).
(prevents users of SCPH-10000/SCPH-15000 from being blocked from changing the language setting)
Notes / known limitations /bugs:
- Disks up to 2TB are supported.
- Do not use (usually old) disks that are not compliant with the ATA-4 specification. Like with every other PlayStation 2 software out there that supports the ATA interface, the disk is expected to support UDMA mode 4 and S.M.A.R.T.
- If the disk's S.M.A.R.T. status is indicated to be no good (NG status), the disk is about to fail and should be replaced.
- This tool may not be able to successfully remap sectors on all drives, as there isn't an official specification on remapping sectors within the ATA specification. If writing to a bad sector isn't sufficient to cause the disk to automatically remap it, the manufacturer's tools may have to be used instead.
- If a bad sector cannot be remapped, the disk is dying and should be replaced.
- As zeros will be written to the bad sector in an attempt to cause the disk to remap it, the data stored within the bad sector will be lost. Do not choose to remap the sector if it contains data that cannot be lost.
- The estimated time remaining counter is not accurate. I don't know why it's that bad, but it could be due to the overhead of the entire system and this program's single-threaded design. Since this program is targeted at power users, this isn't a major problem.
For more information on supported languages and how support for languages can be completed, click here. A template for translating this software is provided in the downloads section of this page.
Supported languages and their translation status
Language Status Japanese Unassigned English Completed and built-in. French ShaolinAssassin Spanish ElPatas German LopoTRI Italian Unassigned Dutch Unassigned Portuguese Gledson999Translation template for v0.94 and later: http://www.mediafire.com/?1o8o0jp07gp32sw
As usual, please do not hotlink to the file as the link/filename will change with every release.
View the PS2 HDD Checker Resource Page
Download & Source: Official Project Page
By STLcardsWS on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:02 PM
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