HD Tune

—HD Tune—
 
 
Ever heard of tales regarding notebooks/laptops melting into one plasticky goo or for that matter, laptops shutting down themselves without reason, ruining hard work and earning another white hair on your cranium, or at least where hair used to be located. Because of the tight and compact nature of notebooks, too many components are ceremoniously crammed into smaller and smaller units (in the name of creating lighter notebooks) with barely any competent cooling system present. The fact that notebooks can physically melt into an inconceivable piece of junk speaks volumes of the amount of heat generated by the built-in processor, video card and the hard disk itself. That, of course is the scenario where hastily packing up after work and shoving the laptop right into its case without a proper cooldown is concerned. Frequent hard disk shutdowns without using the proper channel will result in eventual hard disk failure. That’s when backing up the entire directory comes to fore, and then you’d wish that 80GB of mp3s and other rubbish weren’t so important.
 
Here’s a utility you might find handy before the real thing strikes. Kinda like an earthquake warning system.
 
Operation:- What HD Tune does is to report the current hard disk temperature at 5 minute intervals. When the hard disk exceeds a default threshold (55oC, although you may set it as you fancy), the HDTune temperature icon in your system tray will light up as red and a critical warning is flashed. According to the HD Tune notes, anything above 40oC for regular hard disk is, in principle, asking for trouble.
 
When the warning is flashed, logic dictates that the prudent user should cease all operations and shut down the system ASAP or the casual user will finish what can be done first and hope the hard disk hangs on long enough before shutting down right in your face. Either way, HD Tune serves as a first line of warning that an unconventional shutdown is imminent and that anything beyond that time may be counter-productive.
 
Error Scanning:- HD Tune comes packed with a rather accurate hard disk map scanner. This can be a second opinion after using Windows’ built-in Chkdsk utility. Note that if your notebook/desktop is already generating enough heat as it is, this function will cause the hard disk to experience a meltdown if it hasn’t already. In short, use it only in cooler settings.
 
Benchmarking:- For casual users,this utility is probably not as important. This tool gauges the speed at which data is transferred in your hard disk. Important, if your hard disk has taken incredibly long to start up certain programmes and this can be used to compare your general hard disk health, whether for bad or for normal operations. Otherwise, this utility is to show off the speed of your hard disk.
 
Checking general health:- Refer the FAQ section for more info. I’m not typing stuff which has already been discussed in detail by guys who know this utility better. Basically, a checklist of the health of your hard disk.
 
Why HD Tune: Ease of use. Temperature gauge is 80% accurate since it is a 5 minute reading take. Good hard disk mapper of bad sectors. Free. Good benchmark analyzer.
 
Screw this HD Tune: Besides reading temperature, it does nothing to alleviate it! Does not include an error fixing utility or a bad sector recovery tool. Health tab in the programme does not explain hard disk readings. Pretty much a defensive utility rather than a proactive one.
 
Conclusion: For a hard disk companion programme, this can be useful to report hard disk temperature and do certain neat stuff since it takes up minimal system memory and starts up on the fly. If your hard dsik temperature regularly hits the red warnings, it’s time to invest in a decent laptop cooler.
 
Get it from: http://www.hdtune.com/download.html . Installation won’t give problems.
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