Softpedia Editor's Review for HD Tune Pro
A hard disk utility that can test burst speed, temperatures, benchmark and more
Written by Sorin Cirneala on December 19th, 2012
HD Tune Pro is a useful application that allows you to benchmark the hard disk drives installed on your computer. Using this program can help you find important statistics such as the transfer speed, the folder usage or the damaged disk sectors.
The program has been designed to assess the performance of the storage devices and to offer details about the transfer rate capability. A full benchmark test can be run or just a verification of the transfer rate with a single file with custom size.
There are about ten types of tests that can be performed to receive information about the transfer rate including the random seek, the sequential mode and the burst rate test.
You can use the program to find out if your drive supports advanced features such as automatic acoustic management, 48-bit address or upgradeable firmware. All this information and more are available in just a few seconds without installing other complicated programs.
The program can keep you updated on the status of your hard drive in order to detect impending device failures or an accidental data loss. You can use the program to scan for damaged blocks and sectors periodically. All the errors are highlighted in order to prevent the problems that your hard drive might have.
If you want to know the folders that occupy most of the disk space, the program can provide you with a full report in just a few seconds by scanning the folder structure. Based on this information you can identify unnecessary files or folders and free the occupied disk space.
An interesting feature is the ability to reduce the noise of the hard drive by using an Automatic Acoustic Management (AAM) technique. If your device supports AAM the acoustic management parameters can be adjusted through this program.
The program is easy to use even by the casual user. It takes about 45 MB of RAM and during the error scan or the benchmark test it can use about 50% of the CPU time. It has an impact on the computer performance only during the tests and not while monitoring the hard drive and updating the disk information.
Overall, HD Tune Pro is a handy program that can provide you with a lot of information about your hard drive.
HD Tune Pro description
Here are some key features of "HD Tune Pro":
· Benchmark: measures the raw performance
· Transfer Rate
· Access Time
· CPU Usage
· Burst Rate
· Hard Disk information which includes firmware version, serial number, disk capacity, buffer size, transfer mode
· Hard Disk Health
· S.M.A.R.T. Information (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology)
· Power On Time
· Copy text to clipboard
· Copy screenshot to clipboard
· Hard disk (internal or external), SSD, USB stick, memory card reader
· 15 days trial
· Nag screen
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
Added new module with following functions:
· Check health status of all connected drives at once
· Detailed S.M.A.R.T information
· Run S.M.A.R.T self-test
· Device statistics
· Temperature statistics
· Added support for more SSD drives
· Improved support for +4TB disks
· Added option to restore window position and size
· Added new warning level