Free Acronis Drive Monitor Warns You Of Hard Disk Failures
Most modern hard disks that are available today comes with a built-in feature called Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. (sometimes written as SMART). Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology or SMART. The hard disk’s integrated controller works with various sensors to check various aspects of the hard drive’s performance, from this information, S.M.A.R.T. determines if the hard drive is behaving normally or not.
This helps the operating system keep an eye on the health of the drive, by checking its operating temperature, how long it takes to spin up to full speed, whether it encounters any read errors, and so on. When a failure is anticipated by S.M.A.R.T., the drive is typically replaced and returned to the manufacturer, who then analyzes these dead drives to discover where faults lie and how to prevent them from recurring on the next generation of hard disk drives.
Acronis has recently launched a freeware Windows utility called Acronis Drive Monitor. It’s basically an automatic reporting tool for S.M.A.R.T., and displays a warning message if a problem is detected in any of your computer’s hard drives. Acronis Drive Monitor gives you extra time to react in order to save and take backup of your data and to arrange for their replacements. Acronis Drive Monitor checks disk health in the following three categories:
- State and health of physical drive
- Critical events
- State of disk backups
It supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, Server 2003, and Server 2008. I tested it on my Windows XP and Windows 7. The download size is around 17 MB and install size is around 24 MB. To get the download link you may have to register for free using your name and email address (use any disposable email service like GuerrillaMail or Mailinator)