Disk Errors often occur due to negligent use of systems which we all seem to have become accustomed to. This ranges anything from canceling setups, force shutdowns to manual system power off. We all know that Disk errors often can result in permanent damage to the hard drive. For this reason it is always a good idea to run a S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) supported application to check your hard disk health. This is so because S.M.A.R.T is a known standard to monitor track sensitive values from your drive to prevent hard drives from complete failure.
EASIS Drive Check is a hard drive monitoring tool which checks the health of your system drives and including external drives such as USB or external hard drives. It includes two diagnostic test including S.M.A.R.T and Sector Surface Test. EASIS Drive Check reads out over 40 values to help identify drive health issues. After launching Drive Check, select a drive by double clicking on it. Select a test to perform i.e. the S.M.A.R.T test or surface test.
The result of the S.M.A.R.T test shows current hard drive temperature, Read/write error rate, spin up time, reallocated sector count, power on hours, power cycle count, G Sense error rate, emergency retract rate and CRC error rate. The hard disk health can be easily identified not just from the available stats but also the color indicators. The green color represents a healthy indicator of the hard disk attribute (e.g. read/write rate), whereas, the red color displays the areas of concern.
If you choose to perform the sector surface test, an option will be displayed,which will allow you to send the test result to an email address. You can optionally check the “Send report via email” option and enter relevant information to receive the result via email. Click Start Test to begin the test.
The test might take up to an hour to complete for a complete system drive. The test is not obstructive and you can continue working on other tasks while it completes.
The test result is quite easy to understand and is a good alternative to the Windows Chkdsk utility, which is not GUI based. Unlike previously reviewed Check Disk app, there is no restriction to check the primary partition for errors within a GUi format, as the hard drive is analyzed on the whole.
EASIS Drive Check works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.