Every hard drive has S.M.A.R.T. software that detects internal drive failures. However, most manufacturers disable these notifications hoping that your failing hard drive will work well enough to get you through the warranty period.
Drive Adviser bypasses the manufacturer lockouts to read the drive’s S.M.A.R.T. information. We then calculate your drive’s health based on the failures it has experienced over time. 100% is a perfect drive and anything less is a drive in failure status.
After you have installed Drive Adviser, simply double left-click on the Drive Adviser icon in the taskbar by your clock to open the main program window. It will automatically load the health percentages of any hard drives hooked up to the computer. If you attach a new drive (like an external hard drive) just click the refresh icon to update the view.
If the main program window is not opening for you when you double click on the icon by your clock, your computer is most likely missing a dependency required by Drive Adviser. If you experience this issue, please download and install this and restart your PC: www.driveadviser.com/download/vcredist_x86.exe
When Drive Adviser detects a failing disk in your computer it will show it in the drive health window and your Drive Adviser icon will turn red in your system tray. Drive Adviser will also send you an email telling you what computer has a bad drive and which drive it is. That’s the only thing your email address is used for.
Drive Adviser reports the drive letter of your failing drive. In some cases the failing drive may not have a letter, and therefore it defaults to ‘A’.
Drive Adviser requires the .Net Framework to operate properly. Most computers have this already, but it you don’t you can install it easily from here: microsoft.com