A capable tool to monitor the SMART attributes of a hard disk drive


Our rating: 


Pros & Cons:

Resident monitoring with settings adjustment, alarm for temp, alert when S.M.A.R.T. threshold is passed, S.M.A.R.T. and general info about internal and external hard drives.
No individual drive temps in tray, drive temp is not easily seen, strictly a monitor, no surface tests or S.M.A.R.T. tests, TEC throws up ever changing dates and largely inaccurate.

Our Review:

DiskCheckup is a capable tool. It lists information about the drive as well as S.M.A.R.T. information. It has a temperature warning should your drive get to 60 °C/140 °F which can be adjusted.

It can also warn you if a S.M.A.R.T. threshold has been passed. You can configure it to display a popup or it can send you a notice via email. It detected both my external as well as my internal hard drive with no problems.

On my healthy hard drives it gave me a TEC (Threshold Exceed Condition) date when the temperature got to a certain point. TEC is mostly useless because a drive has to maintain a constant in order for the date to even be valid. My hard drive does not normally stay very hot so it was largely inaccurate.

A hard drive that is starting to wear out could potentially fail at any point before or after the TEC date. So in my opinion it may spook people more than anything else.

You can copy DiskCheckup.exe, DiskCheckupLog.txt, and DiskCheckup.cfg to a folder to make the application portable.

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