Jørgen Walters, Editor / Informer Technologies, Inc. / September 06, 2013
This set of freeware applications allows you to monitor the current temperature of your hard drives. Most of these applications can also be set to alert you once this temperature reaches a certain point so as to prevent physical damage.
These programs can help you with what you're intending to do:
SpeedFan is a program that allows you to monitor your system's core and hard disk temperatures, fan speeds and voltages. It enables you to control the clock on your motherboard and analyze your hard disk to determine if anything could possibly go wrong with it. It is one of the most recommended programs to monitor the temperature of your hardware.
HD Tune 2.54 is a utility to measure your hard disks´ performance. It shows detailed information about the health status, errors and temperature of your hard disks. It also works with other storage devices such as memory cards, USB sticks, iPods, etc.
CrystalDiskInfo is a powerful monitoring tool for the health status of your disks. This handy utility enables you to keep a close eye on important parameters of your hard disk and be timely warned if any potential problems are about to occur. Even though it provides undeniably important benefits, CrystalDiskInfo is a simple tool, both easy-to-use and resource-friendly.
HWiNFO is a powerful assistant for the complete monitoring, management & maintenance of your PC's hardware, so that it constantly provides you with peak/optimum performance, as well as maximum uptime data. It delves deeply into your hardware and informs you detail about its components.
Acronis Drive Monitor permanently scans the disks and lets you know about any issues that may result in a hard disk failure. Not all the hard drives failures can be predicted, but you better be aware of the problems by using such a program. The program is based on the S.M.A.R.T. system.
Network Hardware Control allows you to monitor in real time the hardware's performance of your Laptop. It monitors CPU clock, CPU load, CPU temperature, HD temperature, battery charge, battery charge rate, and RAM status. You can change the monitoring time interval and choose different profiles for AC line and battery operation. The information is shown in three ways: GUI, desktop, and status bar.
HDDlife will be monitoring and taking care of our disks, letting us know in advance if some problem seems to be emerging so we are aware of it. In addition, HDDlife has a proper treatment for every diagnosis and can solve almost any problem. That way, not only monitors and inform us about our hard disks’ health but also take care of it and cure the disks whenever it’s necessary.
This is one of the tons of gadgets available for Google Desktop Search. You will be able to monitor your hard disks in aspects such as space occupied, working temperature, and read / write activity levels right form the side bar of Google Desktop Search. This gadget has not been tested by Google so you could encounter some bugs, and probably you will.
HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others. In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature.
Active@ Hard Disk Monitor is a disk utility that verifies and monitors the status and health of your hard drives to avoid any data loss. The utility is based on the Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T). The installation is very simple and no additional requirements needed. Active@ Hard Disk Monitor works on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/2003 platforms.
It is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer. The program supports most hardware monitoring chips found on todays mainboards. The CPU temperature can be monitored by reading the core temperature sensors of Intel and AMD processors.
NextSensor dynamically reads and shows current values of the following sensor lines: VCore, VDIMM, VAGP, VLDT, VBAT, 5VSB, 3VSB, +12, -12, +5V, -5V, +3.3V. The program reports a temperature of the processor, the North Bridge and the Hard Disk in the Tray Bar using separate LED indicators.
Perhaps, the first thing you have to check when you are having problems with your computer, be it sudden restarts, slow speeds, etc., is the readings on the sensors of your motherboard, which indicate the temperature of your CPU and hard drive, as well as those on your video card, in order to see if your PC is suffering from overheating. An excellent way to do this is by using HWMonitor.