Hello. I have read that Seagate has no plans on upping the number of LBAs that can be repaired per Long DST test (now its 99 per scan).
I think it would improve the tool by a great deal if this number was increased but quite a bit, or maybe give the user the option of changing the default maximum number of error per scan before it prompt you to repair.
The reason for this is that, well, for example. I have 160 Gb hard drive that has been acting strange. It has over 320 million LBAs. If 99 LBA are broken, I'm probably not even gonna notice. You start to notice when a few thousand LBA stop working. The faulty sector of the hard drive is at the "end of the drive", at around 90% of the scan. That means you I have to wait almost an hour for the scan to come to the faulty zone, then it repairs 99 sectors, then I have to wait another hour for the scan to come to the faulty area again and so on.
So the point of the tool seems to be more of a "buy a new hard drive", rather than being a useful tool. Its a pity since I was really happy as a costumer when I found out that Seagate supplied a tool such as this. I don't know if the 99-limit is set because of RAM/other hardware limitation, but It would be great if the end user could affect the maximum limit.
One other solution would be to allow the user to start the scan at an LBA of their own choice. So in my example, I could chose to start scanning at LBA 280 million, That would be awesome.