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Windows 7: Hard Drive Utility

11 Oct 2013   #1
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 
Hard Drive Utility

What is the best hard drive diagnostics software? I already have WD Drive Uttilities but it is useless for my internal drive which is a Seagate. (I have a WD Passport too) I am thinking about HDTune. I am not getting CrystalDiskMark because it has the OpenCandy virus. It has to be one that does not interfere with antivirus. The reason I want one is because I want to continuously diagnose my 5 year old hard drive.


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11 Oct 2013   #2
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

I use HD Sentinal. It has saved my neck at least three times and twice in the last month warning about impending hard drive failure (Thanks Seagate). It is a paid program but sometimes there are offers or give-aways. The author responds to questions. Website Hard Disk Sentinel - HDD health and temperature monitoring
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12 Oct 2013   #3
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
I use HD Sentinal. It has saved my neck at least three times and twice in the last month warning about impending hard drive failure (Thanks Seagate). It is a paid program but sometimes there are offers or give-aways. The author responds to questions. Website Hard Disk Sentinel - HDD health and temperature monitoring
You beat me to it.
I downloaded it about 3 weeks ago and find it invaluable.

The version I use is free.
http://www.hdsentinel.com/hard_disk_sentinel.php
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12 Oct 2013   #4
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

How about SeaTools and HDTune?
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12 Oct 2013   #5
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
How about SeaTools and HDTune?
I used Seatools in the past and found it totally useless.
I ran it and it said "healthy" but Acronis Drive Monitor warned me of impending failure.

Three days later, the hdd (Seagate) failed - luckily I had a full backup.

Download disk imaging utilities, data backup and recovery tools, HDD managers and multibooting software for home PCs

Hdsentinel and Acronis Drive Monitor are about the only ones I currently use on a consistent basis.
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12 Oct 2013   #6
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

HDTune? I heard that someone once got a virus from getting hdsentinal from cnet.
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12 Oct 2013   #7
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

It is not a virus- just addition of a lot of crap.
To avoid it, check "custom" and uncheck all the crap that they want to give you - Changing home page, adding toolbars, etc.
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12 Oct 2013   #8
Computer0304

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit
 
 

But how about HDTune?????!?!?!?!?!???
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12 Oct 2013   #9
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

I use it but not too often.
Acronis drive Monitor and Hdsentinel should do you fine.

Hdsentinel sits on your desktop (by the clock) and monitors temps constantly,
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12 Oct 2013   #10
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Computer0304 View Post
What is the best hard drive diagnostics software? I already have WD Drive Uttilities but it is useless for my internal drive which is a Seagate. (I have a WD Passport too) I am thinking about HDTune. I am not getting CrystalDiskMark because it has the OpenCandy virus. It has to be one that does not interfere with antivirus. The reason I want one is because I want to continuously diagnose my 5 year old hard drive.
You might have thought about CrystalDiskInfo instead which is monitoring hard drives.

If you take the Portable Edition (Zip) you'll not get any ads in it.

Once extracted you can launch DiskInfo.exe direct from the folder of the CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2.
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