CrystalDiskInfo Editor's Review
Take command of your hard drives with this easy to use Windows utility.
Storage. Your computer lives off of it. Room for your operating system. Room for your data. Room for temporary and work files. Without enough storage, you won't be able to run your computer the way you want. In order to keep your hard drive in working order, you need the right monitoring utilities. CrystalDiskInfo is a hard drive monitoring utility for Windows that gives you this awesome capability.
CrystalDiskInfo displays basic HDD information, monitors S.M.A.R.T. values, and disk temperature. When monitored drives start to fall out of acceptable ranges or values, the app can send you alerts via email. You can then come back to the monitored computer and check its status.
In order to help you monitor its stats, the app offers a variety of tools and monitors including rotation speeds, temperature settings and S.M.A.R.T information. You can also monitor and control AAM/APM settings.
App Pro’s: Simple, easy to install and set up
App Con’s: English translations on the site are weak, and the info there doesn't offer a lot of information on what do to or how to act when certain issues are encountered.
Conclusion: CrystalDiskInfo is a decent application...if you're hardware savvy. If you don't know a lot about hardware or if you don't know what you should do with drives that are developing issues, having the app on your home PC isn't going to do you a lot of good. The app is really meant for computers and drives that are on more than they're off. In other words, if you have computers in a data center or other always on situation, CrystalDiskInfo is the kind of application you're going to need in order to make sure mission critical applications stay up and running.
Having an app like this in a consumer setting or on your home network isn't going to help you too much if you're PC isn't on more than off. Most consumers won't know what do to with the issues and values they encounter, so the information is really just a lot of noise for someone who doesn't understand hardware.
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