The basic SMART information can be misleading, since it only allows you to know when your drive is almost dead, but you are able to start to experience issues even if the basic SMART status is fine. If you want a closer look, you are recommended to download CrystalDiskInfo for Windows.
While DriveDX for macOS is also recommended, it is available for different devices and it is not free like CrystalDiskInfo. DriveDx costs $20 with a free trial. Nevertheless, both of them offer up more detailed SMART information than your computer provides on its own.
CrystalDiskInfo refers to the app that will help you to keep the hard drive of your PC healthy. The S.M.A.R.T technology is supported by this program. It is really good at detecting and preventing future disk surface error so you are able to take timely action before data loss becomes something that cannot be replaced.
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- Publisher: Crystal Dew World
- Publisher web site: http://crystalmark.info/?lang=en
- Release date: March 15, 2020
- Date added: April 07, 2020
- Version: 8.4.2
- Category: Utilities and operating systems
- Subcategory: Diagnostics software
- System Requirements:
– OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019.
– Architecture: x86/x64/ARM64
– IE: 8.0~
– .NET: 2.0~
– Installer does not support Windows XP/2003 (NT5.x)
– Not support Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000
– Not support Server Core
Main details of CrystalDiskInfo:
- Last update was on April, 07, 2020
- There is only one update within the past of 6months
- It is capable to view HDD information and monitor disk temperature
A detailed readout of all your computer’s SMART information is offered by CrystalDiskInfo. Apart from that, it also gives you a current temperature and health status. From the dashboard, a long list of up-to-date system data can be seen. It helps you to know when things are doing fine and if something is going not right.
If you want to try the CrystalDiskInfo, you can find the latest version of it at https://crystalmark.info/download/index-e.html. It is available to download for free, so get one now if you need it. Downloading the portable version is better because it is able to run without an installation, and it also does not feature the third party apps, like the full CrystalDiskInfo installer.
After downloading the .zip file, you can just extract all of its content and run the DiskInfo app. For your information, DiskInfox64 is available for 64-bit Windows and DiskInfo is available for 32-bit Windows.
When the thing called CrystalDiskInfo runs for the first time, it will show you the SMART status for all of your hard drives immediately. If it shows the Health Status is good, it means the disk is probably OK.
On the bottom half of the app Window, there are 15 different metrics CrystalDiskInfo that will take into consideration so that you can use it to predict the hard drive failure.
Some of them are simple statistics, such as the Power-On Hours, the Start/Stop Count, or the Power Cycle Count. On the other hand, some others like Reallocated Sectors Count or the Read Error Rate are more serious metrics.
Instead of saying that the hard drive of your computer is OK or bad, just like the other built-in do, CrystalDiskInfo also has more mediator labels such as Caution or Warning respectively. Those labels apply to the hard drives and SSDs that are starting to wear down, but are not necessary on their last breath.
|ID||Attribute Name||Current||Worst||Threshold||Raw Values|
|01||Read Error Rate||200||200||51||000000000000|
|05||Reallocated Sectors Count||199||199||140||000000000005|
|07||Seek Error Rate||200||200||0||000000000000|
|0A||Spin Retry Count||100||100||0||000000000000|
|0C||Power Cycle Count||96||96||0||000000000FE1|
|C0||Power-off Retract Count||200||200||0||00000000014C|
|C1||Load/Unload Cycle Count||95||95||0||00000004D5AF|
|C4||Reallocated Event Count||199||199||0||000000000001|
|C5||Current Pending Sector Count||200||200||0||000000000021|
|C6||Uncorrectable Sector Count||200||200||0||000000000016|
|C7||UltraDMA CRC Error Count||200||200||0||000000000000|
|C8||White Error Rate||200||200||0||000000000000|
From the example above, you can see that the hard drive has a few bad sectors and they have not run into any issues, probably because those bad sectors were not housing any actual data at the time.
But even if one of those bad things lands on a file that you need, it can cause corruption. So, the Caution label is usually good as an indicator that you need to back up the drive and think about changing it soon, even if you are not having issues yet.
If you think CrystalDiskInfo is also basic, you may want to consider SeaTools from Seagate (for its drives), Data Lifeguard Diagnostic from Western Digital (for its drive), and Samsung Magician from Samsung (for its SSD).
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All of them offer an even deeper look. Sometimes, those tools can take into account particular technologies specific to their hard drives and SSDs. However, for most people, CrystalDiskInfo is better as it gives you a decent recommendation for just about any one.
There are some other reliable software when it comes to benchmarks. Those include CrystalDiskMark, HD Tune, and Atto Disk Benchmark. All of them are good as they perform effectively, but CrystalDiskMark is recommended for beginners because it works effectively with all drives and it also has a clear and user-friendly interface.
CrystalDiskMark is the best option when it comes to benchmarking. It is included as one of the best free disk benchmarking utilities in the globe with the ability to measure your disk model read and write speeds. You can choose from the random write speeds and choose test data that you will benchmark your disk under.
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