Victoria is a small freeware application for low-level HDD diagnostics, designed to assess performance, test and perform minor repairs to your IDE drive and SATA HDD. Victoria designed primarily for HDD repairmen in stationary conditions and is not intended to test the system hard drive.
Victoria has a lot of useful features, including: full HDD information, disk image creation, 10 disk tests, surface scan, low-level format, Automatic Acoustic Management (AAM), S.M.A.R.T. information, ability to change disk size, and much more.
Features of Victoria:
- No CPU load at idle.
- User-friendly interface.
- Supports these interfaces: IDE and Serial ATA.
- View full technical information on drives.
- Manipulate SMART tests and view SMART status.
- Extensive testing and benchmarking with graphical maps.
- Low level sector viewing and manipulation.
- Much more...
Changes in recent version
- Now, with an unscheduled update of the database from the SMART chart menu, the chart is immediately updated.
- If there is no database, an attempt is made to create it immediately upon receipt of SMART. In case of failure (the disk is write-protected, etc.), no other attempts are made until the program is completed.
- An opportunity was made to build SMART graphs not from zero, but from the minimum value - for attributes with a large absolute value, which varies slightly. Jackdaw enabling this mode is not yet remembered.
- Compound attribute graphs are now displayed with lines of different thicknesses.
- The temperature attributes 190, 194, 231, [189 on SSD], except 231 on SSD, are now forcibly switched to graph 0.
- The active chart selection element is now highlighted - perhaps it will be more convenient.
- In order for the graphs not to merge at the 0th or maximum mark, an artificial divergence of +/- 2 pixels between them was made.
- The SMART attribute table has acquired a hint that tells you to click on a row to view a graph of attribute changes.
- Improved compatibility with regions in which numbers have different decimal separators. Now fractional numbers are written to the ini-file as strings.
- The error of not saving the daw “Separate RAW values into separate numbers” has been fixed (the reason is that the cat jumped to the keyboard and replaced the key name in the ini-file).
- The defect is fixed - ignoring the switches of individual graphs when they are redrawn.
- The defect is fixed - the W-R-V menu did not turn off if the drive does not support this function.
- I came across the HGST HUS722T1TALA604 drive, which is a new WD model, and has attribute # 16 in SMART. It is visible to the naked eye that this attribute stupidly counts the number of read and written sectors. In this connection, it was renamed accordingly for HGST and WD, and its name for other families - gas gauge / "gas level calibration" was replaced by a more suitable to the English stable expression - "gas level". What it really is is still unknown, time and graphs will show.
- SMART Checksum Check (CS) is enabled. For all modern drives, the attribute table is overlapped with a checksum (for very old type Fujitsu - not always). Checksum distortion indicates the destruction of the HDD microcode. If the CS is violated, a warning is displayed and the addition of attributes to the database is ignored. This is so far the only way to avoid clogging the base.
- In the eventlog menu, the item "Open the log in the folder" has been added. The command opens the log of the selected drive at its actual location using Windows tools. I experimentally added the same action by double-clicking, but if it interferes, I will turn it off.