Disk Errors often occur due to anything from canceling setups, force shutdowns to manual system power off. Disk errors can often result in permanent damage to the hard drive. For this reason it is important to run a S.M.A.R.T (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) supported application to check your hard disk health. This is so because S.M.A.R.T is a known standard to monitor, track and test sensitive values from your hard disk.
EASIS Drive Check is a free hard drive monitoring software, which checks the health of your system drives, external drives and USBs. To get started, double click on a hard drive from the main interface of EASIS Drive Check. It lists all local and external drives by default, including USB sticks.
This will display an option to perform either a S.M.A.R.T test or a sector surface test. Select a test to proceed.
The result of the S.M.A.R.T test displays positive results in green color and negative results in red color to help you identify hard drive health. S.M.A.R.T test displays the following information:
- Current hard drive temperature
- Read/write error rate
- Spin up time
- Reallocated sector count
- Power on hours
- Power cycle count
- G Sense error rate
- Emergency retract rate
- Load Cycle Count
- CRC error rate
The sector surface test, provides options to optionally send the test result to an email address. You can check the “Send report via email” checkbox and enter relevant information to receive the result via email. Click Start Test to initiate the test.
The test might take some time to complete for larger hard drive volumes, you can continue working on the computer while the test is completed.
The test result is quite easy to understand and can be used as a GUI based alternative to the Windows Chkdsk utility. Unlike previously reviewed Check Disk software, EASIS Disk Check is not restricted to only check the primary partition without the GUI.
EASIS Drive Check works on
- Windows XP
- Windows Vista
- Windows 7