While Hitachi's Feature Tool allows you to adjust the settings of your hard drive, the "Drive Fitness Test” allows you to check the vital signs of your device.
Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
Beside the fast "Quick Test” there is the more detailed "Advanced” version of the surface check, too. It is using read tests only and thus doesn't overwrite data. The program supports PATA and SATA hard drives of different producers as well as most SCSI models.
The download is available as an ISO, which you have to use to create a bootable Floppy disc or CD-R - it is not possible to run the test in Windows.