5 Tools for Hard Disk Drive Maintenance

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The overall performance of a computer is very much determined by hard drive. It is undoubtedly the most important hardware component of a computer. We have the best processor and a huge amount of memory, but if the hard drive is not up to the circumstances, things can get too slow.

Proper maintenance is vital to get the maximum performance of hard disk drives . At the same time, if you know in advance, if there is any possibility of failure you can save a huge data loss. Here we are going to make a list of the most important utilities that can help in this task:

HD Tune

This tool is used by many specialized sites to evaluate the performance of different types of records, whether conventional or solid state. The free version has everything you need to be able to evaluate the speed and integrity of your unit and to read the SMART diagnostic reports that are stored on the hard disk.

The paid version has additional features like erasing your hard disk and writing tests, which are interesting, but their high cost (€ 25) makes users express their preference for the free version, which although works smoothly.


Another utility that does a job similar to HD Tune is HDDScan. HDDScan received an update recently, and new interface is much more user friendly.

It may not have the tools for measuring speed like HD Tune, but for the rest of the functions HDDScan has nothing to envy. Indeed, some of the options offered for free HDDScan are only available in the paid version of HD Tune. As a bonus, HDDScan has no installer, so its ability to portability is great.


Contig program is very small and does not even have an installer. In fact, it runs from a Windows system console, but its usefulness is great: Defragment any file instantly. The defragmentation process can be slow, and there are cases where the user only needs to defragment a file as an ISO image file or a cache.

With a small addition to the command line, you can defragment any folders and files within it, and if it is run from the root directory, it is possible to defragment entire hard drive, although you should not expect any free space optimization.


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The default settings are sufficient defragmenter to give good results, but if you learn to master the small details as a special order and configuration data in the blanks, you will make in your defragmentation process incredibly accurate.


The cleaning section is especially useful for keeping fast the hard drive. Some programs may keep records that are completely unaware, or may not have purged the cache of browsers in a timely manner, accumulating hundreds of megabytes that are completely obsolete. CCleaner can handle the vast majority of these files smoothly, and very quickly.


Honestly, this tool is a personal favorite, but there is no doubt that WinDirStat attributes are useful for any kind of users. As mentioned earlier, CCleaner can deal with the remains of many programs, but what about the waste generated by the user? I’ve seen cases where a user left old files and ISO images in hard drive and had not reviewed in a year, and then wondered where the space on hard drive gone.

WinDirStat can reveal that graphically and in detail, indicating what types of data that are demanding more space in your units, so you can proceed with its disposal or for backup.

  • kayak

    CCleaner is a fantastic program. I’ve been using it for years now along with a good automatic defragger (not in the list above) that runs in the background in real time and also prevents fragmentation to a large extent. Its helped keep the drives in great shape and the speed consistent.