The hard disk in your computer contains your precious files and data. It is necessary to monitor the condition and health of your hard disk so that it does not abruptly fail physically, which may endanger your files and data. Of course, you must backup your data regularly, and there are many simple ways to backup your data regularly [also see, How to backup your files in Windows 7 computer; and Backup all Windows Drivers with Free Double Driver utility]. At the same time, it is advisable to keep watch over the condition of the hard disk so that it does not surprise you with a crash. After all, the hard drive stores your important files and data. CrystalDiskInfo is a free utility that can monitor the health and temperature of your hard disk (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD).
CrystalDiskInfo will display the basic HDD information and hard disk temperature. It also monitors S.M.A.R.T. values. It works in the background while watching performance / health of hard drives, and provides you with a health rating based on its S.M.A.R.T. status, and information about each hard disk’s temperature. It also informs as to how many times the hard disk has been turned on and for how many hours it has been on.
Since CrystalDiskInfo informs also about the temperature of the hard disk at which it is operating, you can use it to install some cooling device if you find that the hard disk is running at high temperatures, say above 50-60 degrees. It can save the hard disk from crashing at a later stage.
CrystalDiskInfo supports HDD, SSD and also supports a part of external USB disks. However, it supports only IDE (Parallel ATA) and Serial ATA disks connected internal ATA controller. It does not support most RAID Controller.
Download: You can download CrystalDiskInfo by clicking here.
Important: While CrystalDiskInfo is FREE to use and is a useful utility, please note that when you install it, it may install an adware (ad-supported program) called “OpenCandy” on your computer, which is not required for the smooth functioning of this utility.