How’s Your Hard drive?

By | March 24, 2017
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How’s Your Hard drive?

That’s a great question, and one that’s not always easy to answer. To be fair, hard drive manufacturers have vastly improved hard drive reliability over the years both with standard drives and solid state drives (SSDs), Most hard drives these days are S.M.A.R.T. That does not mean the same thing as it does with smartphones and smart TVs. In the world of hard drives it means, according to Wikipedia, S.M.A.R.T. means:

(Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology; often written as SMART) is a monitoring system included in computer hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) that detects and reports on various indicators of drive reliability, with the intent of enabling the anticipation of hardware failures.”

That probably doesn’t mean a great deal to you because all you want to know is… Is my hard drive going bad? Right? So, what you need is a little program that can gobble up all those things that S.M.A.R.T. drives report to Windows, and answer the one burning question:

Is my hard drive going bad?

Do you feel lucky? Well, do ya? You don’t need no stinkin’ luck, I tells ya, if you have this slick little program we discovered this week, by digging deep into the ever increasing pile of freeware out there. To be honest, most of the new stuff is riddled with malware or hijackers or some other type of hooliganism–  or it’s not very good. That does not mean to say that all new freeware is lousy, because it’s certainly not. But the hours you have to spend digging through the heap of new freeware, often is not worth the effort. Not like the good old days when we used to have to make a choice between four or five good freeware programs and the hard part was picking the best of the best to feature in our newsletter.

Am I boring you yet? OK. I’m done.

The author of this program doesn’t have a lot to say and if we sent you to his/her sites, you’d have a hard time finding the right download link. Not because he plays Whack-A-Mole with download links, but because he has a disease called developeritis whereby he things we’re all programmers and we can make sense out of all the version numbers and so forth. So we’re going to send you to a site we have come to trust for download lately, called SnapFiles. The guy who runs the site has been around as long as we have– nearly 2 decades.

So since we don’t have the developer’s rambling spiel to give you, we’re just going to show you a few screen shots, make a few brief comments (REALLY!) and give you the download link… Deal?

Cloudeight InfoAve Computer Tips & Ticks

Cloudeight InfoAve Computer Tips & Ticks

Cloudeight InfoAve Computer Tips & Ticks

The best part of this program is that you can get a lot of information from just a quick glance. If you want to dig down deep, you can do that too.

OK. If you don’t know much about computers, you’re going to love this program because it has a big button that tells you if your hard drive is good or bad. That’s all you want to know if you don’t know about the inner workings of hard drives, or the sleek, gleaming, SSD. All you want to know is: Are my hard drive(s) OK?

And, yes, you over there. The one with the technical manuals who subscribes to 117 tech newsletters and buys every PC magazine published. This program will make you drool with all kinds of arcane information, that only someone who reads reams of technical manuals could appreciate.

And all you computer geeks: This program is a great learning tool. It spews forth tons of info. And if you don’t know what it all means, there’s your old trusty friend named Google who can help you find out and help you learn.

So, no matter what kind of computer you are from nascent to geek, this program, called CrystalDiskInfo has a lot to love. And so, after many words of yammering, I herewith give you the link to CrystalDiskInfo at Snapfiles. There you can also read his short, pithy review, and click the easy to find download link.

May your all your drives be good.

Cloudeight InfoAve

5 thoughts on “How’s Your Hard drive?

  1. Helen Arano

    I much rather set up an appointment with you guys and let you tell me.
    Once or twice a year I have you take a peek at my cpu’s and give them a tune-up, worth every penny.
    that way I have piece of mind and know the job gets done right.
    Thanks for all you do.
    Helen A.

  2. David Norcott

    Very fast – BUT — I have two external H-D’s – both powered on and recognized by my computer, but CrystalDiskInfo did not recognize one of my external drives !?!?!?! Dave.

    1. infoave Post author

      This is a good time to make a point that we often try to make but at times are remiss and that is this: We can only test the software on a limited number of computers – generally 2 or 3. Since we don’t make the software, we can only test it and recommend it if it does what it says it does on the computers we test it on. We tested it on one computer with 2 external hard drives each with 2 or more partitions. It worked fine for us. If it does not work for you, your best bet is to contact the developer – he’s far more intimate with his software than we are. Perhaps he can provide the assistance you are looking for.


  3. Helga

    Right, Helen, I so totally agree with you.
    Sunday greetings to you and Cloudeight

  4. Annabelle Lee

    I downloaded this program and it worked fine for my Windows 7 operating system about 5 years old…and luckily my hard drives all showed Good, so I am happy now. . Showed my external drive also. Have a great weekend and thanks for letting us know about this helpful freeeware.


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