Hard disk is the most crucial components of our computer as it stores our most crucial data. In my college life I have corrupted my hard disk 2 times in single year and finally when drive goes dead and it was out of warranty, I was left with no back up with me, I had lost almost all the crucial data from my hard disk.
So, it could happen to any one as the hard disk build quality has been degrading day by day irrespective of any brand because of cost of hard drive is lowering down.
Today, we have come up with some free tools which lets you inspect your hard drive condition using the S.M.A.R.T Technology – which means Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology
S.M.A.R.T Technology examines any hard disk on the basis of some smart attributes out of which some of them are:
- Read Error Rate
- Spin-Up Time
- Start/Stop Count
- Spin Retry Count
There are lot more other SMART attributes which collectively decides the status of your hard drive.
Let’s see all those SMART hard disk monitoring tools for monitor the health status of your hard drive.
Here are some free tools for SMART monitoring of hard disk health with SMART attributes.
1. SMART Monitor (Freeware) – It monitors your hard disk as per various SMART attributes and alerts the user if the hard disk fails to satisfy the values for various attributes, it also reports the drive temperature explicitly which could be a primary factor in the falling of a hard drive.
2. Active SMART Monitor 1.1 (Freeware) - Active SMART is again a free tool which check your drive status on the basis of SMART attributes and predicts the future failures on your hard disk so that you can back up the data in advance.
[ Download Active SMART Monitor 1.1 ]
3. HDD Health (Freeware) - It is again a free tool which can predict the failure designed for Windows 95, 98, NT, Me and XP. HDD Health keeps sitting in the system tray, it monitors hard disk and alerts in advance if the hard disk is failing. HDD Health alerting features includes email, local pop-up, messages and even logging while using minimum system resources.
4. CrystalDiskInfo (Freeware) – CrystalDiskInfo monitors HDD/SSD health status and temperature again based on S.M.A.R.T attributes. It will also let you know how many times your hard disk has been turned on and how many hours.
Another best tool in SMART hard disk monitoring is ActiveSMART which is quite useful program supports both Vista, XP and later versions of windows XP as well but it is Shareware.