These days, hard drives can hold vast amounts of data due to their huge capacities. Cost of storage space has decreased rapidly in the last few years, and hard drives upwards of even 1000 GB are available for average home users. The more information, in terms of documents and archives, is stored in a computer, the more valuable it becomes. Even though hard drive technology has improved a lot, there is still a chance that your hard drive might crash and you lose all your data. Taking preemptive measures to prevent your hard drive from a crash can prevent loss of valuable data. However, monitoring the health of your hard disk manually can be time consuming. When a hard disk is working, there is a huge possibility of its temperature increasing during read/write operations. Process-heavy software, such as virtual machines, can also put the hard drive under a lot of stress. In order to keep the hard disk working smoothly, you need to closely monitor its performance. Today, we have an application for Windows called DiskCheckup that allows you keep a close eye on the performance indicators of your hard disk, including Drive Info and SMART Info. More on DiskCheckup after the jump.
The main interface of the application displays all the connected hard drives in the top area, while information related to each selected drive is displayed in the bottom part. If you connect a new hard drive while the program is running, hitting F5 on your keyboard will refresh the list. The information area is divided into four tabs, namely Device Info, SMART Info, SMART History and Disk Self Test. The Device Info tab contains data such as Device ID, Device Capacity, Serial/ Model Number, Partitions and their sizes etc. Switch to the SMART Info tab to view statistics used for assessing the health of the hard disk. The information includes Status, Current Value, Worst Value and other data for Raw Read Error Rate, Spin Up Time, Power On Time, Power Cycle Count, Temperature, Command Timeout etc. The SMART History feature is disabled and can be enabled from the configuration console for recording the SMART data.
The Disk Self Test tab lets you perform both a Short Test and a Long Test to judge the current performance of your hard drive.
The Configuration tab lets you change the Temperature Unit, Temperature Warning Level, Action on Threshold Exceed Condition etc.
DiskCheckup Works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.