Hard Drive failure is probably the most catastrophic issue for any computer user. The hard disk drive, most commonly termed as hard drive or hard disk is the basic component of a computer used for digital storage. The proper functioning of Hard Drive greatly affects the performance and speed of your computer system and thus, instead of asking yourself why did my hard disk fail afterwards, it is very preferable to keep a check on your hard drive health and condition.
However hard disk crashes are not random, it is always recommended saving and backing up important data before it’s too late. You always have time to back up your files and credentials before the hard disk fails completely.
Although there are no specific signs of hard drive failure but the most commonly noted symptoms of hard dish crash include:
HDD Expert – Check hard drive health & performance
A Hard Drive fails without giving any warning, but if you notice any of these symptoms, back up all your important data. Some program that can track the required parameters of hard drive can help you in avoiding data loss. HDDExpert is a freeware for Windows computer which can help you check your hard drive’s health and performance.
HDDExpert checks the S.MA.R.T data and monitors various parameters of your PC including Seek Error rates, read and write error rates, temperature, performance reports and much more. It is a portable program, and you can start accessing it right after downloading it on your computer system.
All the hard drives of your PC will be displayed under General tab in the program. If you have more than one hard drives connected to your computer system, you can switch between them to check the S.M.A.R.T data values.
The program has a simple and clean interface and displays the general information about your system’s hard drive like- model, manufacturer, serial number, cache size and firmware etc. It also shows the correct temperature of your system, total hours of operation and the number of power cycles.
HDDExpert gives you a clear and readable presentation of the S.M.A.R.T data and also recommends the maintenance according to the failures detected on your computer hard drive. There is a message pane on the main interface of the HDDExpert which shows you the health of your hard drive.
The message pane gives recommendations on the basis of your hard drive’s health, For instance if the temperature of your computer system exceeds the normal limit it suggests adding fans to your hard drive. Similarly if the program detects failures in your system, it recommends creating a backup. I found the message pane a bit tricky to understand. There are no direct ideas or tips on your Hard Drive health – all you have to do is to interpret the S.M.A.R.T details provides by the program. Though it offers the suggestions like, you should purchase another fan or backup your data, but it does not spell out the potential failure clearly. Besides I would also suggest the developer to add the real-time notification support to this freeware.
Note: HDDExpert is a nice and useful freeware, but it landed with a few unwanted software on my computer. So take care during its installation. It will install 3rd-party software like Relevant Knowledge and PowerPack. Unfortunately, there is no check box offered, where we can uncheck the offer to install these 3rd-party software. But during installation, my Kaspersky threw up these two warnings, and was successful in stopping any third-party offer from being installed.
HDDExpert a useful freeware which keeps a check on your hard drive’s health and performance. As in my case the program has detected the failures, and I better take the back up of all my important files in the system. You can download it here.
UPDATE: Scroll down and click on Lite installer icon to download the adware-free setup.
While you can also always check up Hard Disk Health natively in Windows 8 | 7, you can also check out some other freeware that will help you to monitor Hard Disk for Potential Failure.