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I'm checking out a decent hard drive monitoring program that giveawayoftheday.com has up for download today; it's called Hard Drive Inspector NE.

If your interested in using it, then the program *must* be downloaded and installed today.

This util monitors drive temps (with tray-display) and reports other S.M.A.R.T. monitored factors such as seek/read errors over time, hours/days in use, etc.

Here's what the temp display looks like:

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And here's a general screenshot showing the interface:

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The download page can be found at www.giveawayoftheday.com.

Like I said, if your interested in trying it out, you *must* download and install the program today. There will be an 'activate.exe' file in the same folder as the unzipped application and you run this after the general install is complete.

This is a totally legit and public collaboration between software developers and so feel free to read more at the site if your curious.

Otherwise ... I'd recommend watching the site daily; they don't release much that I have actually found useful, but occasionally they have some good stuff.

I've been using the Aimersoft DVD ripper I got there a while back and it's seriously good.

Just a heads up ...

    
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Nice one, I checked it out when I woke up this morning. I don't think could really use it that well. I already have an app that is constantly defraging my HDDs. What do you think, should I install this?

I already have about eight of these freebies that I just download because they are there, and free lol.

EDIT:

Oh yeah, Aimersoft pwns the world, I love it. I snagged it one time, and then I forgot to activate it the day of. I was pissed, luckily it came back again and I snagged it.
    
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Thanks for the heads up, Im gonna try it out.
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Bah, doesn't work with RAID
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cool, downloaded..my power on time is 202 days...O_o
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Nice one, I checked it out when I woke up this morning. I don't think could really use it that well. I already have an app that is constantly defraging my HDDs. What do you think, should I install this?
Well this isn't like diskkeeper or anything ... it doesn't defrag your drive ... it just monitors the S.M.A.R.T. data and displays temps.

I was surprised to see that my new 500 gig seagate drive was throwing a lot of seek errors ... but maybe it's nothing since they use that perpendicular recording schnizzle ...

I like the temps in the tray ... never have really known what my drive temps were ...
    
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cool, downloaded..my power on time is 202 days...O_o
Yeah ... apparently, even if you power your computer down all the time, the SMART function of your drive will keep a running tally of uptime ...

pretty neat.
    
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I've seen many people post about this website and i still find it fishy that this site is giving away free software like this. Especially because i've never head of it.

Although if you know anything about Hard drives you would know that S.M.A.R.T doesn't work what so ever, it's a broken way of monitoring your HDD's

I'm not sure if everyone has heard about this but about 3-4 months back our great Google overloards did a study on there MASS array of HDD's that they have on there campus of every company

ranging from maxtor to segate, to WD, to Samsung

Here is what they tested, all there HDD's since 2001 that they ever used. Here is what they found

On some drives S.M.A.R.T was saying that the drive was in crisp condition and would work great and guess what the drive did? DIE!!

Another time S.M.A.R.T said that the drive was doing great and guess what happned? The drive was in great condition

Another time S.M.A.R.T said that the drive was going to die soon and guess what happned? DIED!

Another time S.M.A.R.T said that the drive was going to die soon and guess what happned? Lived!



See a pattern here?

The study was published and here is the link

Link to Story

Sorry to crash your party s1rrah but Hard drive monitors are worthless and never work
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Well this isn't like diskkeeper or anything ... it doesn't defrag your drive ... it just monitors the S.M.A.R.T. data and displays temps.

I was surprised to see that my new 500 gig seagate drive was throwing a lot of seek errors ... but maybe it's nothing since they use that perpendicular recording schnizzle ...

I like the temps in the tray ... never have really known what my drive temps were ...
So will this tell me if one of my HDDs is about to crap out?
    
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Originally Posted by Metalica732 View Post
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Sorry to crash your party s1rrah but Hard drive monitors are worthless and never work
No party crashed!

I'm actually glad you posted this because it helps me psychologically get over the fact that this app was saying my brand new 500gig Barracuda was erroring all over the place!



But I think the app is still worthwhile if only for the temp display in the tray.

I'm a big fan of tray displayed temps.

Thanks again for the link ...

    
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