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Computers usually warn us about an imminent drive failure either when it’s already too late or at the point when most of our data has become irrecoverable. Ashampoo HDD Control offers you a useful alternative, providing you extensive and detailed information about the health of all your drives, be them standard internal hard disks, SSDs, external hard disks, or even USB Flash drives.
If your computer is S.M.A.R.T.-compatible (nearly most of them are now), you will have quick access to a series of self-monitoring indicators that will tell you if your drive is about to die, or if it’s having mild or more serious reliability problems. It offers you various S.M.A.R.T. tests that will perform a thorough check-up of the disks selected. They may take some time to finish, but when they do, the report they provide is exhaustive and of a high accuracy. Actually, this is not a tool for everyone. The results remind me of a blood test report, that we all can read but not all of us will understand in full. You will need a certain IT background to decipher a S.M.A.R.T. report and to extract all the useful information it contains. Nevertheless, this tool will still monitor your disks permanently, warning you whenever it finds the faintest sign of drive failure. This will help you to act on time and save your valuable data before it’s too late to even try.
Though early detection of any irregularities or signs of degradation is Ashampoo HDD Control’s main asset, the program comes with a series of disk management features that will help you make the most of your drives while in good health. Thus, you will find tools to defragment your disks, to clean your PC from junk and unnecessary files, to remove all Internet traces and leftovers, to locate and delete duplicate files, to wipe sensitive files for good, or to undelete previously deleted files (as you as you didn’t use HDD Control’s File Wiper, of course). None of these functions offer anything new or features that you wouldn’t find anywhere else for a smaller fee and even for free. The true beauty of this app (and that is what you are really paying for) is the privileged information that it offers – the possibility of knowing the true health of your disks ahead of time in order to prevent data loss.
- All-in-one disk management tool
- Clean-up features
- Disk defragmentation
- Detect duplicate files
- File shredder
- Support for all drives
- S.M.A.R.T. analysis
- Some features are for advanced users only
- Pricey tool