Although all components of your computer are important, it is clear that some are more important than others. Therefore, among the parts most commonly recommended to protect are the hard drives, as a matter of elementary logic, because there is where you store your precious data.
There are many complete tools to help you with this task, as DisckCheckup, HardDrive Inspector, Drive Manager or Crystal Disk Info, that rely on the S.M.A.R.T. technology, but maybe sometimes you don’t need such complicated programs and you can work with simple applications like DiskAlarm, a temperature monitor for your hard drive.
There are certain times when hard drives are forced to work above their temperature limit due to intensive read/write operations, for example when you are running a virtual machine on your PC. In this case, the optimal thing to do is to monitor the hard drive because high temperatures mean that your disk is not working properly and may crash and you could lose your data.
DiskAlarm is a small freeware utility that can monitor the hard drive and report on its temperature, in Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees, either from a window or as an icon in the System Try bar of Windows 7; the latter option can be found in the program interface. As its name implies, in addition to viewing the instantaneous temperature we can set an audible alarm to notify us when the disc has reached a certain operating temperature.
DiskAlarm also creates a log file that saves the disk temperature every 5 seconds and highlights the time when the temperature jumped over the alarm limit.
If you click on the Option button, you will get into the Settings menu where there are several tabs. In General you can customize Startup, Balloon Notifications, etc, in Sounds you can find the alarm options, Action and Log File.
DiskAlarm is a very small utility (it takes only 13 KB) that can be used in Windows 7, Vista and XP and only requires the. NET framework 2.0 or higher.