Handy Hard Disk Utilities for System Tweakers
The consequences of losing data can be disastrous for any
individual or organisation. The loss of a single hard disk may
have huge repercussions; the loss of data with sentimental or
financial value. Making file backups is an essential activity for all
users, yet many users do not take adequate steps to protect their data.
Whether a computer is being used in a corporate environment, or for
private use, the machine's hard disk may fail.
Not to be used as an alternative to making regular backups,
S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a
monitoring system for computer hard disk drives to detect and report on
indicators of reliability, keeping data
on how the hard disk is performing with the hope of being able to
detect failures. All hard disks will eventually fail, probably without
any obvious signs of impending failure. You may therefore be
interested in keeping a watchful eye on your hard disk by viewing the
data generated by SMART, in the hope of anticipating failures.
This article identifies the finest open source tools to
health of a hard disk. We also look at software that can help improve
performance of a hard disk. We have
written extensively in the past of ways to improve the performance of a
system. These articles included ways
to boot a system faster, and removing
the detritus from a system. Tweaking settings of a hard disk
is another way of improving
Now, let's explore the 6 hard disk tools at hand. For
each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Handy Hard Disk Utilities
||Graphical user interface for smartctl
and configure disk drives and media
||Control and monitor storage systems using S.M.A.R.T.
||Toolkit for testing hard drive and file system
hard disk parameters for high performance
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Last Updated Sunday, August 18 2013 @ 01:07 PM EDT