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Why Drive Adviser?

The single largest computer disaster you can face is a hard drive failure. We all know we are supposed to backup our stuff but…. well you know.

What you might not know is that most hard drives don’t die suddenly. Disk failure is usually a series of events that happen over time and can be detected.

If you catch it early enough, you can save your data and avoid expensive data recovery.

Drive Adviser will email you when any hard drive (rotating solid-state, or external) connected to your computer starts failing. It’s simple and its free. Just click the download button to get the program for free. After that you could always make a backup of your files….

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Drive Adviser Work?

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.

What is Compatible With Drive Adviser?
Drive Adviser only runs on Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10.  Drive Adviser is not compatible with Apple computers.  Some tablets and other devices that run Windows use a different kind of storage that does not offer any S.M.A.R.T. information.  Drive Adviser will run on these devices, but will not see the primary drive.

How Can I See the Health of My Drives?

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.

Drive Adviser Won’t Show Me My Drive’s Health

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

Why Does Drive Adviser Ask for My Email?
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.
Why Did Drive Adviser Email Me That My A Drive is Failing?
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 Says I Need the .Net Framework
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