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Hard Drive monitoring programmes

by sceiron / May 25, 2013 12:19 PM PDT

Hi from New Zealand.
I wonder if any of your members can help me with some information about Hard Drive monitors.
I have one of these programmes installed on my PC running windows XP and lately it's started to give me little alarm messages. When I check the monitor to see what's up it tells me that the health of my drive is like only 58% and that the status of my drive is alarming and drive failure is imminent. However, if I then click on the Re-scan or refresh buttons everything comes back at 100% and all OK. Other times when I've recieved the alarm msge a check tells me that nothing is wrong at all.....
My question is this. How reliable is the information these programmes give you and how much store should one actually put on what they tell you? I've nearly gone screaming of to my local PC shop several times to get a new hard drive. As a regular follower, though first time contributer I'm sure some of your members will be able to help

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It depends on which program you're talking about
by wpgwpg / May 25, 2013 12:56 PM PDT

I know Seagate has some disk monitoring and diagnostic tools that're supposed to be pretty good, and I think Western Digital has some too. Since you didn't say what programs you're using, that's about all I can tell you. You can download the ones from Seagate & WD from their web sites.
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by sceiron / May 25, 2013 3:03 PM PDT

Hi and thanks for your reply. I've had the ACRONIS prog for a while and the one that has been firing all the alarms is from Ashampoo HDD 2 Control.

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