September 17, 2008
Another question for the experts. I am a firm believer that specific software which monitors the computer can alert users prior to a failure or crash. So far, this belief has not let me down. Is this just a belief or is there actual proof, Mindblower!
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July 31, 2012
Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) has come a long way over the years. If you keep an eye on it from time to time, it will show you a lot of information about the state of your drive(s). Windows keeps an eye on it, too, and will let you know if there is potential for impending failure. Very handy, especially where SSDs are concerned. HDDs, at least, will start making varying noises when they are about to die; SSDs prefer a quiet death and catch one by surprise.
I also keep a gadget on my desktop to monitor CPU temperature/activity. If something isn't "right", I can tell right away. It gives me peace of mind.
And when I fire up a game, I keep MSI Afterburner open to monitor the graphics card properties. Another "peace of mind" thing.
Having more than one monitor makes this very easy
September 17, 2008
March 9, 2022
Repairing your hard disk at home is nearly impossible. The only thing you can do is use special utilities to fix defective areas on the disk surface. There are "omnivorous" utilities that can work with almost any hard disk model, as well as "native" utilities that can often be downloaded from the site of a particular hard disk manufacturer. Universal utilities include SMARTUDM, MHDD, and others. But I would advise you to get it done quickly and inexpensively in a service center.
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