Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Scan Your Hard Disk For Free.

Lying at the heart of every PC is the hard disk and just like it's human counterpart, periodic scanning of it's health will alert you to impending failure and prevent catastrophic loss of data and the severe inconvenience of an unavailable and dead PC. While modern hard drives are much more reliable than the disks of yesterday, they are still extremely complex electronic devices with moving parts that are subject to wear and tear. Acting as an early warning system, it will be prudent to use the following free diagnostic tools to check on the health of your hard disk :

HD Tune
A free hard disk diagnostic utility for Windows, HD Tune uses SMART ( Self Monitoring And Reporting Technology ) to check on the health of your disk, scans the surface for errors, monitors its temperature and even shows detailed information of your disk in graphical form.
It is one of those nifty utilities that could be very handy if you suspect that your disk is fast deteriorating. Works with Windows 2000 and XP and it requires 10MB of free disk space.

HDD Health
A full-featured hard disk failure-prediction utility, HDD Health monitors your drives and provides detailed information about them. From your system tray, HDD Health uses SMART to assess your hard drive's condition, displays detailed information and send you alerts when there are any problems. Light on system resources, it works on Windows NT, 98, ME, 2000 and XP and has a file size of 901KB.

Besides providing excellent real-time analysis and reports of potential issues of your disk's health through SMART, HDDLife also comes with an unique feature that can cut your power bills by reducing your disk's power consumption and has a silent mode which reduces your disk's noise level without sacrificing performance. Supports most hard drives like IDE, Serial, ATA, SCSI and even external USB disks.

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