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Can you recommend a good Hard Drive maintenance program?

  1. #1


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    Win8.1

    Can you recommend a good Hard Drive maintenance program?


    I'm finishing up rebuilding from a bad hard drive. I got no warning that there was a problem (but I wasn't really looking either).
    I think I should have some software installed that monitors my hard drives (reads SMART or tests the drive, or such) and lets me know if something is going bad.

    So what do you recommend?


    I've seen Gibson SpinRite, Passmark DiskCheckup, And Priiform Speccy mentioned here. Is there any consensus among the IT professionals as to what is the best program or method to keep an eye on my hard drives for pending problems? I have computers with Hitachi, HGST, WD, Seagate, and some SSDs by Corsair, Kingston, and Samsung (and probably a few I've forgotten about) so a single program that works with all drive brands would be nice.

    Thanks for your feedback.

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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Never had any issues with Crucial's SSD's.
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    As for S.M.A.R.T. programs. The OS does a good job monitoring them.
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    Win8.1


    I'm not having any problems with the Corsair or Kingston SSDs, but I want to pay attention to all the drives and maybe be better prepared (current backup, etc.) in case a drive starts to go bad.

    How does the OS report SMART errors? Is there a way to see what the OS is doing and what the SMART errors there are, if any, just through the OS (without needing third-party software)?

    Thanks again.
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