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Monitor Your HDD’s Health, Keep your Data Safe!

October 25, 2008

My Computers stores tons of data and which is backed up regularly.But many people don’t backup their data regularly saying that HDD seldom fails.As your PC is up more than 10hours a day, constantly downloading files or other Such actives with heavy Disk I/O.you never know when your HDD fails and you would hear a click-click sound of head crash. recently my friend lost his entire family photo collection, indeed said as all this childhood memories are now gone :(. there is nothing to worry about, just backup your precious data. you would do fine
Here are 2 tools I use to constantly monitor my HDD’s Health. you can also use them,  so next time whenever your HDD fails you know it before.this is done using a Inbuilt feature in HDD’s called S.M.A.R.T.More information here: What is S.M.A.R.T. and how can we use it to avoid data disaster?

HDD Tune

This tool  is useful for view S.M.A.R.T Information and checking bad sectors. It is a hard disk utility which has the following functions:

  • Benchmark: measures the raw performance
    • Transfer Rate
    • Access Time
    • CPU Usage
    • Burst Rate
  • Hard Disk information which includes partition information, supported features, firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size, transfer mode
  • Hard Disk Health
    • S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
    • Power On Time
  • Error scan
  • Temperature display
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HD Tune is freeware!



SpeedFan

Speed Fan is a general monitoring Utility which monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures in computers with hardware monitor chips. but here we are interested in S.M.A.R.T. info and showing hard disk temperature .
 

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WinFF – Easy to Use Video Convertor

June 10, 2008


Ever wondered which Application to use to encode your Home videos or change a video from one format to other. Try WinFF

www.winff.org/

Tux Paint – Easy to Use Paint Application for Kids

June 10, 2008

Got small kids at Home who keep messing up, Keep them Busy with Tux Paint.

Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6 in the US, key stages 1 & 2 in the UK). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.

Its completely free, So download now!
Tux Paint – Home Page