PlayStation 2 HDD checker

Update 2019/01/14: v0.964 re-released!
Update 2019/01/11: v0.964 released!
Update 2018/12/08: v0.963 released!
Update 2018/10/27: v0.962 re-released!
Update 2018/10/21: v0.962 released!
Update 2018/06/20: v0.961 re-released!
Update 2018/06/19: v0.961 re-released!
Update 2018/06/18: v0.961 released!
Update 2018/06/12: v0.96 released!
Update 2018/02/04: v0.95 released!
Update 2017/02/28: v0.942 released!
Update 2016/12/16: v0.941 released!
Update 2016/09/16: v0.94 released!
Update 2016/08/09: v0.932 released!
Update 2016/06/10: v0.931 released!
Update 2016/01/09: v0.93 re-released!
Update 2016/01/06: v0.93 re-released!
Update 2016/01/04: v0.93 released!
Update 2014/06/26: v0.92 re-released!
Update 2014/06/23: v0.92 released!
Update 2013/09/30: Bug report.
Update 2013/08/06: Initial public release.

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:

  1. Detects and lists the model, serial, firmware and S.M.A.R.T. status of HDD unit 0 (Primary Master).
  2. Performs a surface scan of the disk.
  3. Supports 48-bit LBA disks up to 2TB.
  4. Performs zero-filling of the disk with large blocks.
  5. With the surface scan, bad sectors found might be remappable*.
  6. Checks for damage to the APA scheme and PFS partitions.
  7. 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.

Logging Feature

As of HDDChecker v0.96, a new logging feature has been added.

4 log files will be generated:

No log files will be generated for surface scanning or zero-filling, as the purpose of these log files is allow what was done during the scanning and optimization operations to be explained.

If you experience problems with HDDChecker's scanning and optimization functionality, please contact the developer and provide the log files.

Notes/known limitations/bugs:

Supported languages

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
EnglishCompleted and built-in.
ItalianVash The Stampede

Changelog for v0.964 (as of 2019/01/14):


HDDChecker v0.964 (2019/01/14):
HDDChecker v0.964 (source code):
Translation template for v0.961 and later:

As usual, please do not hotlink to the file as the link/filename will change with every release.