Don't let your hard drive fail

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Your computer is a ridiculously complicated collection of bits and pieces of electronic and mechanical stuff. While it's humming along, everything is great, but once things start to wear out and break down, you know it's going to get ugly. Some failures are pretty easy to scope out: once your desktop computer starts to sound like a threshing machine, it may be a sign that your power supply and cooling fan are on their last legs. Others, like your hard drive, may be more subtle and harder to scope out. For years now, many HDDs have supported S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) to let you know when your hard drive is on the verge of going south. Getting at that predictive information, however, is often easier said than done.

CrystalDiskInfo is a tool that lets you see what your hard drive is telling you. It keeps an eye on what's happening with your system, and if (or when) it sees something amiss, it'll raise the alarm and even email you to let know that you need to pay attention. It generates several reports to keep you up to speed on things, some of which contain not-so-interesting but important rows and columns of data, and others that include easy-to-assimilate graphs of important parameters.

You should be able to use CrystalDiskInfo on systems running Windows 2000 and later. And of course, your hard drive needs to support S.M.A.R.T.

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