Hard drives are the most important components of those in the computer: in them, in fact, contains personal information and their damage can have catastrophic consequences. If you break any other component, in fact, just replace it to return to its initial state: in the worst case you will need to reinstall the operating system and recover data from the disk.
But if you damage the hard disk there is the risk that critical information may be lost forever, if you have not done so in time to make a backup.
Performance of your hard disk
What’s more, the hard disks are also sensitive: they suffer from excessive heat, stress and, in general, tend to wear out because they contain moving parts that require high-speed absolute precision. Fortunately, there are technologies and utilities that allow you to monitor the status of storage devices, using data provided by the disc, through the protocol Smart: Expert HDD, for example, is a free software that lets you read and interpret this information . It can be download free from the manufacturer.
During setup, HDD Expert proposes the downloading of a third party component, which is not necessary for its operation and can be safely avoided. The program interface is very intuitive: the top left is a button for each disk detected, and the middle three icons show the main data on the selected drive: the temperature, the number of cycles of activation and the hours use.
The list of messages on the right indicates the status of and suggest possible countermeasures, such as installing fans to decrease the heat or the replacement with a new disc, in case of more serious problems. In the lower area, finally, there is a full dump of the attributes Smart, useful for the diagnosis more complex, for example, when communicating with Technical Support
- Clear S.M.A.R.T(Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) It is a monitoring system for hard disks and SSD, to detect and provide different indicators of reliability, in the hope to anticipate malfunctions.
- S.M.A.R.T. attribute classification : failures, health, performance, temperatures,..
- Maintenance recommendations : Fans upgrade, Spare purchase, backups… depending on failures
The application displays the status of the temperature and the fan and suggests if an update request and recommended that the current health units. The application works on all windows operating systems.