Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, or S.M.A.R.T. is a monitoring system for hard disk that detects and reports on various indicators of reliability, and assist in the anticipation of failures. The S.M.A.R.T. technology is built-in on every hard disk. It is said that approximately 30% of all hard drive failures can be predicted by S.M.A.R.T. Even though such a wonderful tool is available at our hands, we rarely use it, because Windows does not display the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard disk to the user. That is why we need a software that can read the S.M.A.R.T. status of the hard disk and present the information in an easy to understand way.
Active@ Hard Disk Monitor is one of the best and most feature rich freeware hard disk monitoring software available. It displays hard disk parameters such as Temperature, Head Flying Height, Spin-Up Time etc and notifies users if critical conditions occur. Disk Monitor also displays hard disk drive information, current S.M.A.R.T. attributes and the overall status of the hard disk’s health. Active@ Hard Disk Monitor also has a Scan Disk procedure that allows you to detect bad sectors on the hard disk.
The application can be configured to display the hard disk temperature on the system tray so that you can know instantly when there is over heating. In case some parameters crosses the critical value, the program will immediately notify you of the problem. It can even email notifications to you. This program is very useful for the home PC and indispensable if you have multiple hard drives or a large number of computers on a network and need to monitor all of them.