Drive Monitor is a new free SMART hard drive monitor from Acronis. Drive Monitor can predict hard drive failures before they occur, report critical hard disk events, and monitor the state of Acronis backup tools.
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The free hard drive monitor allows you to monitor temperature (only in Fahrenheit), seek error rate, spin-up time, and more than 20 other indicators. If the disk doesn't support SMART, you can configure for each hard disk separately a script that queries the drive. Of course, this only works if your hard drive manufacturer has provided the corresponding query tools.
Acronis Drive Monitor also retrieves critical hard drive-related events, such as logical file system corruptions, from the Windows event log.
The backup monitoring feature (which only works with Acronis products) alerts you if the last backup has failed or if no backup was created for some time.
Alerts are displayed as systray messages. The free hard drive monitor can also send emails to admins when a hard disk reaches a critical state, and it can regularly send hard drive state reports. In addition, you can view the SMART parameters and the events of each hard drive through the Acronis Drive Monitor user interface.
SMART—or, more correctly, S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology)—is a standard that allows you to monitor the health and performance of hard drives. It appears to me that support for the SMART standard has decreased lately. Neither of the two SATA hard drives (Western Digital, Fujitsu) on my Dell business laptop supports SMART. My external eSATA Seagate (Seagate) drive didn't support it either. You will have more luck with server hard drives though.