Hard drives are the most valuable we have in computers and laptops: our data. In case of collapse, the crucial question is: do you have a backup? However, it is possible that a disk failure is not unexpected and can often be detected before it reaches full force.
Possible problems can be detected in advance through the system S.M.A.R.T., which means "Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Information Technology". Track several disk parameters to predict the approaching error.
S.M.A.R.T. it will tell when the end will arrive
The indicators that indicate potential problems include the increase of the heating, the increase of the noise, the reading of data or problems of writing or an increasing number of damaged sectors. By controlling these parameters over time, a malfunction may be detected with an unprecedented probability.
S.M.A.R.T. monitors and reports dozens of different attributes. Their understanding is often difficult for industry professionals, so some software tools not only show simple values, but also evaluate and "comment".
The user receives the message in an "easy to digest" form, for example, as a warning that it would be convenient to replace the hard drive or the way of estimated hardware duration. The main objective is to minimize the risk of loss of data.
S.M.A.R.T codes You do not have to study. There are a number of applications to show you how your disk is. And it does not have to be just a classic with the wiring plates, ledacos will also tell you about the state of SSD.
Hard Drive Sentinel
The Hard Disk Sentinel (HDSentinel) is one of the best tools to control the status of the disk. They can handle both classic hard drives and SSDs. You can find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk problems, report and show "health status", but also warn about worsening performance and imminent failures.
The application is located in Czech, allowing the user to better understand what is happening on the hard drive of their computer. You can manipulate all types of storage, both internal and external, classic, SSD and hybrid, capable of analyzing RAID disks, storage on the NAS network, connected through USB and memory cards.
Hard Drive Sentinel
Just click on the top of the page to find out how the disk works in terms of performance and health. If problems are detected, it is Describe in detail what is the problem. Hard Disk Sentinel also shows the execution time and the remaining estimated life.
In the next tab there are graphs of temperature development with information on minimum values, maximums and average values. This will easily reveal that the disk inside the cabinet is overheated and it will be convenient to provide a more efficient cooling.
There is a list of values found by S.M.A.R.T., including graphs that show their long-term development or detailed unit information. There is also control of performance, surface tests and access times and various types of controls.
From the official site, you can download a trial version of this application and the full version of the Hard Disk Sentinel Professional reaches less than 900 crowns.
The melody of HD is mainly Hard disk performance testing tool. The free version not only provides a reference point, but also a disk surface control capability that works well with internal and external storage.
The software can handle the attributes of S.M.A.R.T. and warn of any problem identified. Supports conventional and SSD drives, but does not handle external drives. In addition to the current temperature, it shows the values of the individual attributes, if they are ok or not. It also includes scanning the surface of the disk due to errors.
I like The previous version only offers an old version of 2.55, which can be downloaded from the official site. The latest version number 5.70 is available only as it pays and costs around 780 crowns. Note that the latest update was launched in August 2017.
PassMark DiskCheckup at a glance does not deviate from several similar programs. When it starts, it shows the disks available to switch between. At the bottom of the window, you will see additional information in the tabs.
In the section Intelligent information You can read the current detected values of the attributes monitored in SMART history then you will find information on the worst value found during the monitoring period. The program monitors the development of attributes over time and, in this way, warns before possible fails.
The tool can also run a DST auto-test (DST) implemented by the manufacturer. There are two main test routines: a short test and a prolonged test. The results of these tests are shown in the section AutoTest disc.
From the official site you can download the program with it for free private use. If you want to use it in a corporate environment, a license will cost around 600 crowns.
GSmartControl is the smartctl user graphical user interface. This program can communicate with S.M.A.R.T. on hard drives and older and modern SSDs. One of the benefits is that There are versions for all conceivable platforms – In addition to Windows, it supports Linux, FreeBSD and MacOS.
GSmartControl supports ATA (PATA and SATA) drives, external drives, drives connected via USB to ATA adapters and also supports some RAID types. The control is very simple: a list of discs appears after the start, simply touch the unit selected for more details.
In addition to detailed technical details, a list of S.M.A.R.T. attributes with graphics highlighting those who should pay attention for some reason. There are also statistics or the possibility of performing a short or detailed test.
The program does not provide a graphical interface, but it offers all the information you need to know. Available for free, you can download a 32-bit or 64-bit version for Windows.
CrystalDiskInfo is a freeware that can trace system values of S.M.A.R.T., display detailed information about the hard disks and their temperature. It is available in several editions that differ from the graphics and language support topics, while in a standard version Missing Czech location.
The basic information about whether the hard disk is fine appears in the top toolbar where you can switch between disks. As one of the few (along with Hard Disk Sentinel), CrystalDiskInfo can also retrieve data from external drives connected via USB.
The application shows the temperature, the number of shifts, the clock's total time, the standards and the compatible features. Attributes are values that can be considered critical, highlighted by a yellow indicator. The program can be started along with the start of the operating system and can be alerted by means of sound or electronic mail for any detected error.
The application is available for free and you can download the standard version of the official website. The mourning deserves the translation of all S.M.A.R.T. It attributes to the Czech, which facilitates the understanding of what is happening with the repository.
HDDScan is designed to support all kinds of hard drives, regardless of who is your producer. This is a portable utility that you can run immediately without downloading and unpacking.
In addition to the ability to display S.M.A.R.T. attributes, which reflects the state of the hard drive, it also includes a wide variety of tests and features. The tests can be classified in rows processed by the application.
The user interface has a bit of graphic appearance that seems to have come from the last century and that is not even located in Czech. First, select a hard drive in the drop-down menu, and then select if you want to see S.M.R.T., perform tests (write and read) or use one of the integrated tools, such as temperature monitoring.
Free HDD diagnostic software HDDScan can be downloaded for free from the official site.
Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox is a disk management program that allows you to monitor your status, the estimated useful life and attributes of S.M.A.R.T. As its name suggests, focusing specifically on SSD disks.
Intel Solid State Drive Toolbox
In addition to controlling the health, Intel can also optimize the performance of the disk in Intel drives compatible with TRIM and update the firmware. For third-party SSD drives, you can manipulate basic information and attributes of S.M.A.R.T.
Intel Solid-State Drive Toolbox can be downloaded for free from the official website. However, count on the absence of support for classic hard drives, only English communications and a slightly larger installation package size (more than 90 MB).
SSD Life is an attractive tool exclusively on solid state disks. One of the main functions is to estimate the remaining time of the life of the unit. The program analyzes how you actively use the disk and how to use it with a special algorithm.
In addition, it also shows updated general information, such as the manufacturer and the disc model for the technician, as if the unit and the system adhere to TRIM. If you are going to buy the used SSD, you will definitely appreciate the information on how many hours it was in operation.
SSD Life supports virtually all SSDs used – from the last models to pieces written down. They deal with products from most manufacturers, such as Kingston, OCZ, Corsair, Intel, WD, Crucial, Adata and Patriot.
You can download a trial version of the official site, the full Pro license then enters approximately CZK 310.