Do you have an old hard drive that you use to store valuable data and you need to determine approximately how much of life is left in its electronic heart? Did your hard drive travel and you want to check any possible damaged that it may sustained? Do you want to see information like attributes, features, firmware version etc but you don’t know how? You should check out GSmartControl!
GSmartControl is basically all about your disk health. You can do three kinds of testing on your hard drives:
- Short self-test consists of a collection of test routines that have the highest chance of detecting drive problems. This test will not provide very comprehensive results, but it will finish quickly and inform you of any serious problems that your disk may have.
- Extended self-test examines complete disk surface and performs various test routines built into the drive. This test will last forever but it will provide you with everything you need to know about the current situation of your hard drive.
- Conveyance self-test is intended to identify damage incurred during transporting of the drive. It last a little bit longer than the short self-test.
Besides the testing part of the application, you can also find it very useful for information purposes. You can find out information about your hard drive’s identity like the serial number or the firmware version it uses, you can check the capabilities of your hard drive like if it supports the S.M.A.R.T. technology for example and much more! Take a look at the following screenshots for an example:
GSmartControl is as simple as it gets to use, and all it really needs is some patience for the tests. It can really save you from a lot of trouble so I suggest you install it, check your disks today and keep it around for further testing when things start to act strange.