19 January, 2012

by Updated on 19 January, 2012

Test, Monitor, Repair Hard Disk For Errors and Failure

Hard disk is really a integral part of digital life. It is very important to constantly monitor health of your computer hard disk. The inbuilt Window utility like defragmentation and CHKDSK are not sufficient and have their own limitations. You must have a special tool to monitor, test and repair hard disk if it has any error / problem before its failure. 

         There are many dedicated softwares for defragmentation of your hard disk. Defragmantation make your data on Hard Disk sequentially accessible and improve the read and write speed of hard disk. 
          But its only one part. Error checking and monitoring hard disk for future failure is different task. If you want to save yourself from data loss, hard disk crash, and finding the stuff for data recovery you should use this utility.

  • GSmartControl
This is a graphical UI, Open source software for querying and controlling SMART attributes data on hard disk drives. GSmartControl automatically checks hard drive's S.M.A.R.T attributes and alerts if there is any problems with drive. It also has options for running different self-tests, detailed hard drive information with technical specs for power on time, failure numbers, various read and write cycles count and their failure count, temperature of hard disk, S.M.A.R.T attribute values and error reporting.  

Warning: This software has PROBLEM  with Samsung F4 EcoGreen drives and should not be used without applying the vendor provided patch. Read details here

  •  HDDGuardian
This is also a good Open Source software with graphical interface to smartctl. It also have options for querying and controlling SMART attributes data disk drives. The program checks your hard drive's S.M.A.R.T attributes every four hours and alerts if it detects failure in near future, high temperature or other vital parameter changes.
  • easy device overview, with temperature, last test result, overall health and bad sectors indication
  • HDD Guardian tray icon change shield color if a device is failing
  • automatically export smartctl output into a specified folder
  • displays device identity information
  • perform self-test and displays their results
  • displays attributes information and graphs
  • displays device capabilities
  • displays device error log
  • allow to set device-specific tolerance, attribute format and firmware debug;
  • allow to set warnings behavior
  • allow to monitor SSDs life percentage;
  • allow to monitor external hard disk devices (requires administrative rights)
Warning: This software should not be used with Samsung F4 EcoGreen drives without applying the vendor provided patch. Read details here

Both software works on Windows
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