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    Need a hard drive monitor

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    I think my hdd is going bad, is their anything I can use to test it, preferably free.
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    I use this http://www.hdsentinel.com/

    I think they have a free version..
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    Thanks CLiNT, now using CrystalDiskInfo portable.
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    I'm already using HDDscan, but the Acronis monitor looks interesting so I'll be giving it a tryout on a 6 1/2 year old Acer with a POH of ~30,000.
    Thanks for the suggestion, Roderunner.

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    Hi Jack, I should have said, I had not tried Acronis but will have a closer look and compare it with CrystalDiskInfo portable.
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    Hi Roderunner.
    Just tried out the Acronis app. It's appropriate, imo, as a first alert because it runs full time in the background.....but HDDScan gives a better account of the read/write condition as the drive ages, although a time consuming test has to be scheduled. I've been running HDDScan about once every 4 months and log the results.
    I'll be keeping both.

    Good thread.......:up:

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    Hello everyone,

    First of all, thanks for your input.
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    Here are my findings of the suggestions.
    Acronis Drive Monitor works well on my laptop but not on my main computer, it has 4 USB ports that it tries to monitor, and as there is nothing connected, gives a false warning.
    HDDscan looks too difficult to use.
    Crystaldiskinfo, installed version gives 'Open Candy' so I never tried it. It's portable version works well on my main computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Look View Post
    Hello everyone,

    First of all, thanks for your input.
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    Here are my findings of the suggestions.
    Acronis Drive Monitor works well on my laptop but not on my main computer, it has 4 USB ports that it tries to monitor, and as there is nothing connected, gives a false warning.
    HDDscan looks too difficult to use.
    Crystaldiskinfo, installed version gives 'Open Candy' so I never tried it. It's portable version works well on my main computer.
    Confused what is this 'open candy' you are talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiousclive View Post
    Confused what is this 'open candy' you are talking about?
    Hi Clive, this will explain all http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...e-software.htm
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    The problem is that hard disk monitors and the like give varying results depending on the brand name. Seagate tools says the drive is fine and System Mechanic continues to say there are errors. MS Disk check finds no errors but Crystal Disk says the drive is "yellow" because it's too hot. If your drive is starting to "do things" like not finding the OS or chkdsk keeps giving you write errors... time to BACK UP/IMAGFE and replace. The thing is that you can get disk errors for some time before the drive goes poof or the drive may die right then. Best to have a plan B ... how to replace the drive when needed. It's not a matter of IF the drive fails but WHEN.

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    If you haven't done so already, run Windows Check Disk Error-checking Tool: Start > My Computer > right click on the hard drive and select Properties from the task menu > Tools > Error-checking > Check Now... > select "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" > Start. This takes about two or three minutes per gigabyte. Who is the manufacturer of your hard drive? If you don't know, download, install, and run Speccy (http://www.piriform.com/speccy), which should tell you the manufacturer. Once you know the manufacturer, check their website for free diagnostic tools that you can download, install, and run. For example, Seagate has their SeaTools (http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/seatools/).

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