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Is there a tool, application, gadget or similar which lets me read the S.M.A.R.T. state of my HDDs while using Windows 7?

Ideally, it should be something that can monitor my HDD temperature automatically, but I'd be happy even to find something that lets me read it manually every once in a while.

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possible duplicate of When to stop using a HDD? What rules/software apply? –  Tom Wijsman Oct 10 '10 at 19:51

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I think HDTune works on Windows 7 too.

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A blog-post reference.

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It does indeed. Thanks! :-) –  Adrian Grigore Aug 25 '09 at 8:22
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your screenshot scares me! Reallocated sector counts red.. I see data loss in someone's future.. scary. –  Jeff Atwood Aug 25 '09 at 8:39
    
@Jeff, thankfully its just a sample screenshot from the HDTune site :-) –  nik Aug 25 '09 at 9:50
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If Jeff is is easily scared by that screenshot, perhaps there is a market for geek horror movies. I'm thinking of classics like "Dawn of the Zombie Processes" or "The Texas Hard Disk Massacre". –  Adrian Grigore Aug 25 '09 at 13:25
    
Windows server eventlog warnings and errors since a year back mayhem... –  Oskar Duveborn Jan 9 '11 at 13:07

HDTune is a good commercial software. Speedfan works too, which is free. The trick is you will need to start as Administrator under Windows 7 to see the hard disks. It also works in x64.

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Off topic but are you "THE" KalEl as in: overclockaholics.com/forums/member.php?u=1 ? –  Myles Gray Mar 1 '11 at 15:13
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With a tool that integrates with hddstatus.com's analysis, as pictured, if there are any problems, you'll see warnings below the table with specific info and advice about them. –  rakslice Jun 30 '12 at 6:05

HD Sentinel! Best ever, bar none!

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PassMark DiskCheckup is free for personal use. Known issues of V3.0 (Build 1003):

  • Hardware RAID and SCSI are not supported. But dynamic disks (software RAID) are supported.
  • The Silicon Image SIL0680 Ultra-133 ATA RAID Controller has a bug which can cause a system lockup when the SMART data is accessed.. This bug exists in the current driver version, 1.0.1.7 and presumably in previous versions.
  • TEC predictions about future failure dates should be taken as a guide only and should not be considered accurate.
  • The majority of newer drives connected via USB and Firewire are supported. However, older drives may not be supported due to the protocol bridge on the hard disk not supporting SMART commands)
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Simple and works. –  Konrads Dec 7 '12 at 11:30

S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring Tools:

smartmontools contains utility programs (smartctl, smartd) to control/monitor storage systems using the Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology System (S.M.A.R.T.) built into most modern ATA and SCSI disks. It is derived from smartsuite.

  • command-line tools
  • works on Windows Server 2008, Windows 8.1
  • support quite a few USB devices: Supported USB-Devices
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Works fine in Win 8.1 too! –  jpe Jun 12 at 4:00
    
@jpe thank you for sharing this info –  alexandrul Jun 13 at 4:30

GSmartControl

GSmartControl is a graphical user interface for smartctl (from smartmontools package), which is a tool for querying and controlling SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) data on modern hard disk drives. It allows you to inspect the drive's SMART data to determine its health, as well as run various tests on it.

Free open source cross platform GUI for smartmontools.

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Not only is this free and open source, it's better than many of the others mentioned in this question I've found, it worked when others didn't, and it knew about more SMART fields than others. –  mavhc Sep 24 '13 at 11:16

Try the free version of HDD Regenerator. It shows in real time the changes of temperature of the HD, warns if it is too hot and shows full S.M.A.R.T. report.

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This answer would be more useful if it included a reference (i.e., a link). –  Scott Aug 31 '13 at 0:12

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