A failing hard disk drive can have severe consequences for the data that is stored on the drive. In the worst case, you end up with an unusable hard drive and data loss that even the best recovery programs can't restore.
While backup software can prevent data loss from happening in the first place, you may also appreciate warnings before a hard disk drive connected to your computer fails.
One of the programs that you can use for the job is DiskCheckup, a free for personal use disk monitoring software for the Windows operating system.
The program displays all hard disk drives in its interface on startup. The lower half of the screen gets populated with information once you select one of the drives at the top.
Information are sorted into the following four tabs:
You need to enable the warning system with a click on the configuration button. Here you can define a temperature warning level, and configure whether you'd like to see a message window or receive an email when values exceed the threshold. The default temperature warning level is set to 60° Celsius. You can change the temperature unit in the options as well.
Here you can also set an auto-refresh rate so that you do not have to refresh manually.
You need at least one hard drive with SMART functionality to use the program, and need to know that drives connected via SCSI or hardware RAID are not supported.
If you suspect that one of your computer's hard drives may fail in the near future, for instance when it started to make strange sounds or while looking at smart values, you may want to run tests on the drive so that you can test it for errors. What you may want to do before is backup all data that is on that drive, or at least the important data.
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