I was looking around for some appropriately priced (read - FREE) software to run some tests on my hard drive and I came across a couple of items that I thought I might share. <img src=/S/doctor.gif border=0 alt=doctor width=25 height=33>

First is a Beta piece from PanteraSoft called HDD Health. According to their site:

HDD Health is a full-featured failure-prediction agent for machines using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista.
Main features:
New engine for gathering SMART information
Drive Health state detection improved. Now you can see it in percent from the first HDD Health execution
System temperature monitor for ACPI systems
Partitions free space monitor added
Simplified interface. Now you can see Drive Health and Drive Temperature as 2 bars in the main window

This software can be obtained by clicking on thisn link: HDD Health v3.2 Beta

The second one is by EFD Software called HD Tune. According to their site:

HD Tune is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

Benchmark: measures the raw performance
Transfer Rate
Access Time
CPU Usage
Burst Rate
Hard Disk information which includes partition information, supported features, firmware version, serial number, disk capacity,
buffer size, transfer mode.
Hard Disk Health
S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
Power On Time
Error scan
Temperature display
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This software can be obtained by clicking on this link: HD Tune v2.55

Hope you all find this helpful/useful.

Note to Argus: I am on the East Coast and it is 11:40 am and I am "Lounging" during work hours. Amazingly enough it is work related. This is usually the only time I can get a look-see as the to goings on in the Lounge. Since I work a second job, 8:00 pm to 12 midnight, I will sometimes log in from home but that is definitely not during 'work times' <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23> .