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    Windows 7 64bit hard disk health

    Best wishes to all from Dublin in Ireland!

    I guess we all take our computers for granted! Switch on, do our work, switch off.
    I dread the day my hard disk might fail and life becomes very difficult to say the least!

    Questions:
    1) Should I regularly check hard disk health?
    2) If so, how often?
    3) If so, how do I do it?

    and is it true that Win 7 defrags the hard disk in the background, or should I do this myself?

    Many thanks for any advice /suggestions

    Kindest wishes

    Jim

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    You can safely let Windows monitor your disk - via SMART - and perform defrag whenever it deems necessary, but you should make a backup of both your data and an image of the disk. Then when your hard disk dies you are covered.

    cheers, Paul

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    Jim,

    You might want to read this thread. HTH
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    Make checking HD health part of your routine maintenance, along with the creation of a system image.

    How to Check the Health of your Hard Drive
    S.M.A.R.T. Value Interpretation

    Hard Disk Sentinel
    SpeedFan 4.49
    Active SMART 2.94
    SeaTools for Windows

    Plenty of tools, far more than I have listed.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rf4c View Post
    Questions:
    1) Should I regularly check hard disk health?
    2) If so, how often?
    3) If so, how do I do it?
    Jim,

    Hello... HDsentinel gets my vote It runs and continously monitors the state of any HD on your system ...also shows the "Temp" of them in the tray ..you can try it for free..if you decide to purchase the "Pro" ..

    The "Defrag" question is enabled by your settings ...again i do not use MS but a 3rd party software "Perfect disk" shows much more and has many more tools than the MS one Regards Fred
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    Hi everybody!

    Many many thanks for all the time given to this query.

    This is all top quality advice which I intend to study and implement
    over the next few weeks.

    I'm very grateful and feeling much more secure now!

    (Now if I can just get Apple to fix my *!@-}#$^~ iTunes, I'll be a happy man!!!)

    Thanks so much and sincere kind wishes

    Jim

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