View Full Version : HDD Health checker, or somethin
09-05-2004, 10:12 PM
Does anyone know a good program that can analyze a HDD in your system? I tried Diskeeper, but I guess that's only for Defragmenting a HDD, that's not what I need. Both Diskeeper, and Windows tell me the HDD is about 1% fragmented. >_<
What I'm looking for is a program that will tell me "dude, you got a problem with HDD B, it's gonna take a dump on itself soon".
The HDD in question takes a few seconds longer than my Main HDD (the main HDD is much newer) to find anything, and it's not completely full either. Its got about 55-60gb left on it (it's an 80gb HDD). Both are 7200 RPM drives with 8mb of cache.
Anyone know a proggie?
09-05-2004, 10:54 PM
I don't know of one offhand, but a lot of the manufacturers have their own utilities for analyzing the disks...you might want to check their website and see if they've got anything there. :>
09-06-2004, 02:56 AM
> What I'm looking for is a program that will tell me "dude,
> you got a problem with HDD B, it's gonna take a dump on
> itself soon".
> Anyone know a proggie?
What you are looking for is SMART support (Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) in the bios, and the HD (if your HD is > 2GB, I'm sure it does). First of all BACKUP EVERYTHING. I can't stress that enough. Then get into the bios of your computer (reboot, then at the memory count hit "Delete") enable SMART support.
Then you can either use HD Workbench (http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/~tkuurstra/HD_Workbench.htm) or if you are a cheapo like me Speedfan (http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php). Here are some of the results I got from Speedfan. Notice that my 40GB Maxtor is in "better" fitness than my new Seagate Barracuda!?!? Can anyone explain to me that?
09-06-2004, 03:03 AM
> Here are some of the results I got from
> Speedfan. Notice that my 40GB Maxtor is in "better" fitness
> than my new Seagate Barracuda!?!? Can anyone explain to me
Oops, here is the picture
09-06-2004, 04:44 AM
Well, see I have never trusted SMART, it's told me in the past that a brand new HDD when first installed is 'ready to die!!' and stuff like that. To me, SMART is useless, I have it turned off on my system.
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