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HD Tune 4.60

HD Tune Editor's Review

Gather information and tune your hard drive to function at peak performance with this handy utility.

Your hard drive is the life blood of your computer. When it goes bad, the whole thing goes down. Keeping it healthy can be an involved and painful process without the right tools. HDTune is the right tool for that job.

HDTune works with all kinds of drives, internal or external, spinning media or SSD, USB sticks, etc. With it, you get a complete picture of how your PC's hard drive is performing, and can even check its S.M.A.R.T. status as well as perform various maintenance activities on it.

With information comes power, and the ability to act, HDTune gives you the ability to monitor, view and benchmark your drives performance. You can scan for errors and repair them, as well as see which folders on your drive contain the most information.

Pros: Small, easy to use, informative screens.

Cons: Doesn't give all information in virtual environments, not a lot of preventative or utility options to prevent or fix errors.

Conclusion: While the screens provide a lot of information, we had trouble with the application when it ran on a virtual hard drive. It crashed more than once.  HDTune provides a great deal of information, but doesn't offer a lot in terms of actual tuning capabilities or even preventive utilities or tools to keep your hard drive from failing. Though it says it supports SSD's, we found no evidence of any SSD specific data or tuning options as opposed to regular HDD options. The application provides a great deal of information, but doesn't give you many options for fixing problems once they are discovered. The application's website also has little to no information regarding the application's capabilities, though it does have a lot of drive performance data on it.

version reviewed: 4.60

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