PassMark DiskCheckup allows the user to monitor the SMART attributes of a particular hard disk drive. SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a feature on a computer’s hard disk for providing various monitoring indicators of disk reliability. If SMART is enabled on a hard disk, the system administrator can receive analytical information from the hard drive to determine a possible future failure of the hard drive.
SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as ‘Spin Up Time’, the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the hard disk temperature.
DiskCheckup displays the current values of the SMART attributes, along with the Threshold value for that attribute. If an attribute drops below its threshold, the drive cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet its specifications in the future.
Note that SMART attributes change slowly over time and are helpful attempts to diagnose the life span of a particular drive. DiskCheckup monitors these changes over a long period and predict the date (if available) of the Threshold Exceed Condition (TEC), which is displayed on the main window.
DiskCheckup can also execute built-in Disk Self Test (DST) routines implemented by the vendor to detect drive failures. There are two main self test routines: Short Test and Extended Test. The results of these tests are displayed in DiskCheckup.
DiskCheckup has the ability to detect and set the sizes of the Host Protected Area (HPA) and Device Configuration Overlay (DCO). The HPA/DCO are hidden areas of the hard disk that contain data not accessible by the user. These areas can be removed to reveal the data hidden within these areas.
DiskCheckup also displays device information, such as the drive geometry, serial number, model number, media rotation rate, and supported features. The real-time activity of the disk is also displayed and updated periodically.
Free for personal use.
New in version
Updated list of SMART attributes according to the specific drive model. The set of SMART attributes to display is determined by performing a regular expression comparison on the drive model.
SMART Info tab now contains an ‘Info’ icon which displays a description of the SMART attribute when moused over. Each attribute may also display an up or down icon to indicate whether a higher or lower raw value is better.
SMART History tab now displays the raw value history.
A new ‘Status’ attribute is displayed in the Device Info tab which indicates that a drive is “OK” unless:
< 10% disk space is available in any of the disk’s volumes,
Disk temperature is higher than the threshold, or
1 or more SMART value(s) have exceeded a threshold
Device Info tab now displays the disk’s real-time activity. The refresh interval can be configured in the Configuration window.
Fixed issue with dates being truncated in the exported report. Also removed errors appearing in the reports when no SMART history is available.
Platforms: Windows XP-SP3, 2003 Server, 2008 Server, Server 2012, Vista, 7, 8
Requirements: 16 MB RAM, 2 MB of disk space