There are many hard drive monitoring tools but a very fewer of them can monitor the hard drives in the background and notify you ahead of time when the failure is about to happen. And even fewer of them can run both on the workstations including Windows 7 and the servers. And Acronis Drive Monitor is one of them.
Just like what the name indicates, Acronis Drive Monitor is a FREE hard drive monitoring tool developed by Acronis that aims to help reduce the pain from a data lose caused by an unavoidable hard drive failure.
The tool can be configured so that when it identifies a problem, it generates an email or onscreen alert warning the specific finding with a simple and easy to understand explanation of the alert guiding you through the steps to remedy the issue. And that buys you some time to back up your data before it’s too late.
The tool uses S.M.A.R.T technology monitoring any S.M.A.R.T hard drives but if your hard drives does not support S.M.A.R.T, including those RAID drives, a custom script can be used for monitoring, though it requires some advanced skill to code or acquire the script from the community.
Acronis Drive Monitor is free of charge, thanks to their effort helping the community, however, in order to download, you will give up a bit of your personal information including your email address.
The installation process is very straightforward. Simply double-click the executable installation file and follow the wizard, you will be all set within a minute.
On Windows 7, the tool needs to be run as administrator, so if your UAC is still enabled, you will have to click Yes to pass that. Once it’s launched, it will be running in the background \, not as a service though, until you close it from the system tray.
Overall, it can be a very useful tool quietly running on your computer without using too much system usage (only a little over 1M of RAM when running in the background). It might be your life saver when the disaster happens one day down the road.
Here are a few screenshots of the problem to give you a overview what it looks like.