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HDD Guardian Editor's Review

No matter how costly a desktop or laptop is, it is necessary to keep a tab on its hardware components. While you can spot signs and symptoms of hardware malfunction and impending failure in some instances, some mishaps may just strike you out of the blue. All your data is stored in the hard disk of the computer. If the hard disk fails unexpectedly, the result may be catastrophic. Would not it be better if you use a hard disk monitoring utility that assesses health status of your hard disk and alerts you if something is wrong? The good thing is that some such nifty utilities come for free. HDD Guardian is a worthy example.

HDD Guardian has a small footprint and installation gets over quickly. It runs on PCs with Windows XP and later versions. This freeware HDD health monitoring utility is multilingual. To use the app, your PC should be equipped with .NET Framework 4.0.

HDD Guardian is ideal for all types of users and its minimal and intuitive interface makes operating the app simple. The app supports regular internal HDDs, SSDs and external hard drives. Upon launching the app it detects all installed and attached hard drives and you can obtain detailed information on each of the drives easily.

At any point of time, you can run HDD Guardian to assess condition of hard drives in your computers. If it detects any problem or possibility of failure, you will be notified. Its tray icon color gets changed if hard drive failure possibility is detected. It also carries out offline hard disk tests at fixed intervals automatically.  The app should not be difficult to use but you can resort to its web based documentation if needed.

Positive Points:
•    Minimal, Sleek UI.
•    Freeware, Multilingual app.
•    Support for various HDD types.
•    Alert on detection of impending drive failure.

Negative Points:
•    Nothing in particular.

Conclusion:
HDD Guardian is a useful and no frill hard disk health monitoring utility that will suit need of various types of users. Its user friendly and minimal UI makes things simple for casual users. The app supports different types of HDDs and external USB drives as well. It offers you detailed information on each hard drive installed in the PC and allows you to assess their condition. The app comes free of cost and offers support for multiple languages, factors that work in its favor.

Rating: 4/5







HDD Guardian Publisher's Description

The purpose of HDD Guardian is to provide a graphical interface to smartctl, part of the S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools, in order to make this nice utility accessible to all Windows users.

HDD Guardian alerts you in case of imminent failure, temperature threshold or vital parameter change.

Get HDD Guardian and take it for a test drive to see how useful it can actually be for managing your hard disk drive and getting information about its current status!

automatic translation (if language files doesn't exists, it load automatically english). Available languages: english, italian and hungarian;
easy device overview, with temperature, last test result, overall health and bad sectors indication;
display an optional icon into the tray area for each fixed device;
HDD Guardian tray icon change shield color if a device is failing;
automatically export smartctl output into a specified folder;
monitor virtual devices loaded from a shared smartctl output;
displays device identity information;
perform self-test and displays their results;
allow enabling/disabling S.M.A.R.T., automatic offline data collection (an automatic test performed by device every four hours) and autosave of vendor-specific attributes;
displays attributes informations and graphs;
displays device capabilities;
displays device error log;
allow to set device-specific tolerance, attribute format and firmware debug;
allow to set warnings behaviour.

Free download from Shareware Connection - The purpose of HDD Guardian is to provide a graphical interface to smartctl, part of the S.

Publisher: Parise Samuele | License: Freeware | Price: 0.00
Version: 0.2.0.0 | Platform: Windows 7, WinOther, WinVista
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: HDD Guardian

Author Url: http://code.google.com/p/hddguardian/
Program Info Url: http://code.google.com/p/hddguardian/
Download Url: http://code.google.com/p/hddguardian/downloads/detail?name=hddguardian_0.2.0.0-setup.exe
Screenshot Url: http://hddguardian.googlecode.com/svn/screenshots/00-summary.png

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HDD Guardian for Windows - The purpose of HDD Guardian is to provide a graphical interface to smartctl

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