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    hard drive lifespan

    there seems to be a way to determine how much life is left in your hard drive. i know Steve Gibson (grc.com) has a program called- Spinrite. It does exactly that. But it is expensive.

    Does anyone have an alternative method to find out?

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    Publisher's Description
    PassMark DiskCheckup is a tiny program that allows the user to monitor the SMART attributes of a particular hard disk drive. SMART ( Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology ) is an interface between a computer's BIOS (basic input/output system) and the computer hard disk. It is a feature of the Enhanced Integrated Drive Electronics (EIDE) technology that controls access to the hard drive. If S.M.A.R.T is enabled when a computer is set up, the BIOS can receive analytical information from the hard drive and determine whether to send the user a warning message about possible future failure of the hard drive. SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as 'Spin Up Time', the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the temperature. DiskCheckup also displays some additional drive information, such as the drive serial number, model number, the number of cylinders, tracks, the sectors per track, etc.

    http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3000-...l?tag=lst-0-16


    Does that fit your bill?

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    thanks big booger

    i did try it out but the program found i did not have a temp gauge (or something like that).

    this made me nervous. i was able to use spinrite from a friend of mine but it said i have to boot from a ms-dos program which i to make. i forgot how to do that. i have not had much time to set it up.. too much company diverting me. <sadly so>

    also i found another problem which i will post on a different thread. thanks.

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