Question Does CrystalDiskInfo reliable to check HDD health?

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It is ONE tool to use.
There is also the manufacturers diagnostics.
As well as other tools. HDDSentinal, HDDTune, etc, etc.

But...a drive that shows 100% health today can still die tomorrow.
Seriously. I've personally had that happen.

The only true way to protect your data is a good backup routine.
If the drive dies, you replace it.

If it is still under warranty, free replacement.
Otherwise, $$ replacement.

Your data should never be at risk, or trusted to some software that says "100% Health".
 

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It is ONE tool to use.
There is also the manufacturers diagnostics.
As well as other tools. HDDSentinal, HDDTune, etc, etc.

But...a drive that shows 100% health today can still die tomorrow.
Seriously. I've personally had that happen.

The only true way to protect your data is a good backup routine.
If the drive dies, you replace it.

If it is still under warranty, free replacement.
Otherwise, $$ replacement.

Your data should never be at risk, or trusted to some software that says "100% Health".
Any tips to make HDD live long?
 
Most programs should be reading the same smart data, meaning they should report the same values.

For a HDD, mount it properly and make sure it isn't jostled around or dropped. That will maximize lifespan.

Always, always, always have a backup.
 

Vayne77

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Most programs should be reading the same smart data, meaning they should report the same values.

For a HDD, mount it properly and make sure it isn't jostled around or dropped. That will maximize lifespan.

Always, always, always have a backup.
Backup is a bit complicated when I have 10TB+ of contents

Which backup you use usually? Cloud or external HDD?
 

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Backup is a bit complicated when I have 10TB+ of contents

Which backup you use usually? Cloud or external HDD?
Done right, nothing is too large.

 

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