Hard disk drives are one of the main elements that keep your data alive. Even though it may not seem like it, problems appear and a faulty disk drive can drastically reduce the overall performance of your machine. Luckily, you can always keep an eye on the state of your hard disk drive with utilities like CrystalDiskInfo.
Going through the setup process takes little time and once deployed, the amount of system resources used is not something to worry about. Moreover, you can skip the whole installation process given that there is also a portable version available. However, take caution when running setup, because not paying attention to additional offers, might also install potentially unwanted applications.
Once the main window is brought up, you can start to carefully analyze your hard disk drive. Some basic info is available, such as firmware, serial number, interface, drive letter, buffer size, as well as a few more fields.
For experienced users, the lower table surely comes in handy where more in-dept details are displayed. Amongst others you can view read error rate, start/stop count, end-to-end error, command timeout, reallocation event count and more, along with threshold, raw values, current and worst for each attribute.
In addition, all attributes mentioned above, as well as a few more can also be viewed in a customizable graph display, enabling you to analyze performance over long time periods.
What's more, the application can be set to a custom refresh rate value to always be up to date. This comes in handy when your hard disk drive is used as a constant means of large amounts of data flow.
The health status is indicated in the main window, and at the press of a button a new window is brought up that enables you to set several slider representing reallocated sectors count, current pending sector count and uncorrectable sector count. This is all available due to threshold of caution capabilities.
All in all, CrystalDiskInfo is a powerful analysis tool that comes in handy for both beginners and experts alike. It easily gets deployed on your hard disk drive, with little system resources used, offering a great deal of helpful info in return.