Checking Your Drive Health

There is a software package you should install on your machine, especially if it’s a computer that is getting on in years.

The software is in the Software Manager and is called GSmartControl.

The software allows you to check your hard drive health by looking at the SMART data that most drives keep track of. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology.

Once installed and launched, you will be greeted with the following screen:

GSmartControl

GSmartControl

In my case, with this particular computer It’s showing my 2 main drives in the unit, plus the USB drive I use for periodic backups. The drive I was most interested in, is the old Quantum Fireball 10 gig drive that has Windows 2000 on it. *(Stop laughing, it runs a CNC plasma cutter!)

Running a report on this old drive comes up with many worrying things, like eminent failure!

GSmartControl Report

GSmartControl Report

Seeing that this old drive has been spinning for almost 10 years, doing a drive image backup of it became an important thing to do!

Save your data, by backing up regularly and checking your drive health!