It’s important to monitor and test your hard drive because all hard drives eventually fail. Hard drive testing software can be used to keep an eye on your hdd to make sure it is healthy and reliable. Major brand name hard drive manufacturers will usually include software with the purchase of a new drives. This software can help you partition, copy files from the old drive to the new drive, or even diagnose problems with your disk.
Hard Drive Testing Tools
You can use the following tools to test drives from specific manufacturers. If you own any of these drives, it’s a good idea to download the software and put it on a DVD or thumb drive for future use.
Western Digital – Data Lifeguard
Seagate – SeaTools
Hitachi – Hitachi Drive Fitness
In addition to the above hard drive testing utilities, Acronis also has free software you can run to monitor your drives. The Acronis Hard Drive Monitor is a great utility for monitoring the hard drives installed inside of your PC. Acronis specializes in hard drives and provides both commercial and free programs. The Acronis Hard Drive Monitor is one of their best free programs and is a great way to keep an eye on the physical condition of your hard drive’s health before something bad happens and you lose all of your data. If this program recognizes a potential problem it will either generate an email or notify you through a pop-up alert. Because it’s continuously monitoring the state of your hard disk, you never have to remember to run the program after installing it.
Installing Acronis Hard Dive Monitor
- Download the program from the Acronis website.
- Run the Acronis Drive Monitor setup file.
- From the Install Menu, click on the Install Acronis Drive Monitor to launch the installation process. An installation wizard will follow.
- Read and accept the Acronis Drive Monitor license terms.
- Choose where to install the program. Default options will be fine.
You can run the program following installation by clicking the new icon on your Desktop or by navigating through the Start menu to Start>All Programs>Acronis>Acronis Drive Monitor. When you launch the program you will see a summary of the drives installed on your computer and any alerts associated with them. You will see yellow warning icons if minor issues have been detected or red icons if there is a serious problem. If everything is fine, you will see a green check mark beside the drive.
In addition to monitoring your hard drive, this program will occasionally remind you to perform backups of your data. You can either use a solution through Acronis or manage a backup strategy on your own. Remember, it’s not “if” your hard drive will fail, it’s “when.” So make sure you monitor your drive and always have a backup of your data.