STB Suite


STB Suite Version 9.2 Release Notes

Installation Changes/Fixes

Removed possibly confusing messages about DEP settings.

All current Windows OS’s default to the correct DEP settings and so these messages are no longer necessary


Performa Expiration Warning

When your Performa coverage is due to expire (within 14 days) you will receive an on-screen warning to remind you –

You may check the Don’t tell me again box to stop the warning from subsequently appearing



STB (Original Mode) Changes/Fixes

  1. Main Screen Device Display/ Selection fixedWhatever target device which was previously selected will be returned to after a bus rescan. Previously a bus rescan would set the device display to Target 0.

    Example – Select Target 265 in System Scan

    After Scan Bus the same target is still selected, instead of Target 0

  2. Retrieving EVPD data no long can read data beyond the buffer size
  3. Data Functions->Recover Security Locked Drive fixed –
    Password was being placed at the wrong offset within the SATA command data buffer
  4. ATA/SATA Commands->Change CapacityIf the selected drive does not support DCO function then a message is displayed that it doesn’t and no erroneous data is displayed.


  5. ATA/SATA Commands->View DCO SettingsIf the selected drive does not support DCO function then a message is displayed that it doesn’t and no erroneous data is displayed.

    Previous Versions would display DCO command error, but continue on and display random information –

    Version 9.2 will state that DCO is not supported and will not display any data


STB (Original Mode) New Features

DMM (Multi-Drive Testing Mode) Changes/Fixes

  1. All Pre-Test and Post-Test settings are now recorded into the .log filesSee example below
  2. Any Pre-Test Action failure will be have its details recorded into the .log filesExample – Pre-Test Actions settings –


    Post-Test Actions settings –


    Log File showing Pre-Test and Post-Test settings-


    >> SCSI Toolbox32, Version 9. 1. 4 (build) 150818, running on \\W7TEST        <<
    >> Default Driver: 10, Operating System: Windows 7<<
    >> Number of Drives Under Test: 1 <<
    >> Available Memory (in GB): 10.49 <<

    Test Date:  08/27/2015  09:48:13
    Test Pass:  1
       Device:  4:1:0   Vendor: TOSHIBA, Product: PX02SMF020   Serial: X3T0A013TY96, Version: 0204
       Capacity: 1.02 GB, BlockSize: 512 (0x200)

        PreTest Action: Checking Vendor against TOSHIBA
        PreTest Action: Checking Blocksize against 512
        PreTest Action: Checking GList against 5
        PreTest Action: Spinning Up drive 4 – 1 – 0

      08/27/2015  09:48:15  TEST 1 of 1:
                              IDENTIFY Drive Test
                              Stop-on-Error Type: Stop Current Test

    Drive INQUIRY information:
    Vendor = TOSHIBA
    Product = PX02SMF020     
    Revision = 0204
    Device Type =  Direct Access
    Removeable Media = No
    Dual Port
    Width = 8 bit
    Queuing Supported
    SCSI Level = 6
    Serial Number = X3T0A013TY96
    WWN = 500003951C8863B2
    Drive Temperature = 33

      08/27/2015  09:48:15                                                 PASSED  

     PostTest Action: Spinning down drive 4 – 1 – 0

  3. In Post-Test Actions if a command failed an error message box requiring an “OK Click” to continue was generated. This no longer happens in version 9.2
  4. Post-Test Actions – spin down all drives moved to be the last choice on pageTo match the layout of the Pre-Test Actions page
  5. Make the Bus Reset Test Step thread safe
  6. DOD Purge (Three-Step Test) was not writing “all ones” pattern correctly
  7. Add Predefined Test Sequence now stores/uses Pre-Test and Post-Test settings
  8. Timing of tests upgraded to millisecond resolution.Useful to get accurate transfer rate information on short tests
  9. Pre-Test Actions SATA Change Capacity fixedCapacity can now be set to any number less than the full native capacity of the drive, or use “FULL” to restore factory full capacity.

    Note: If specifying a capacity please note that you are actually specifying the new highest LBA, not the number of LBAs. Since LBAs are numbered starting at zero you should enter 1 less than the desired capacity.

    For example, to specify a capacity of 1GB (1000MB or 2,000,000 512-byte blocks) you would enter 1999999 , not 2000000). This will result in a capacity of 2,000,000 blocks – blocks 0 through 1,999,999.




DMM (Multi-Drive Testing Mode) New Features

  1. Log SATA DRIVE INFORMATION and SMART data to DMM Database

Example – Data from SMART test step:

Example – Data from Drive Info test step:



TMM (Tape Manufacturing Module) Changes/Fixes

  1. All REWIND commands now correctly set SRB DATA DIRECTION is correction


AME (Automated Manufacturing Engine) New Features

  1. Display test progress in GUI




Example of one drive error during testing



2. AME will now execute all Pre-Test and Post-Test Actions defined in the .seq file

Results will be logged in the log files and any errors will be noted on the GUI

DTB (Developers Toolbox) Changes/Fixes

  1. Retrieving EVPD data can no longer write beyond buffer size
  2. Quick Reports (Threaded Test Functions) now correctly displays SENSE data when data is in Descriptor Format.

DTB (Developers Toolbox) New Features

  1. Added Purge Test (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  2. Added Bus Reset Test (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  3. Added PList Test (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  4. Added GList Test (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  5. Added DST Test (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  6. Added Pre-Test Actions (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions
  7. Added Post-Test Actions (identical to DMM) to Threaded Multi-Drive functions