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25 Best Utilities to Analyze and Repair Your Hard Drive

We previously featured a list of tips for keeping your hard drive healthy and running for a long time, and as promised, we will now feature some of the best tools for analyzing and, if needed, repairing your drive. Although SSD drives don’t have as many problems as traditional HDDs, they can still benefit from some level of optimization.
We will not go into defragmentation utilities, as we already featured the best tools for this, and today we will be taking a look at hard drive managers, benchmarking tools, health analyzers and repair tools. These utilities will help you monitor your drives on a software level and they will let you know when something is wrong.

Monitoring and Benchmark

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Scanning your drive for errors is the first thing you need to do. There are lots of utilities out there that verify each sector of your drive. A hard drive’s worst enemy is to have bad sectors. These will slow your drive to a crawl and depending on what sectors are affected, it can render it unusable.
Also, these utilities will give you information on the drive’s temperature, read and write speeds and in some cases (if you have a S.M.A.R.T. enabled drive and motherboard) it will provide other information on the drive’s health. Here is a list of some utilities that will allow you to monitor your hard drive:

Disk Eraser and Disk Regenerator

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If your hard drive is full, or if you wish to sell it, you need to erase all the information on it. After all, you don’t want everyone to gain access to all your files. A simple delete is nowhere near sufficient for removing the information from a drive, as the data is easily restored with specialized apps. Now, let’s take a look at some disk eraser programs:
Also, in the unfortunate event that you do have a problem with your hard drive and the analysis tools show bad sectors, you will need a reliable program to try and remedy the problem. From personal experience I can attest to the ability of HDD Regenerator to repair bad sectors from your hard drive, although, the scanning process must be done from a bootable USB stick and it will take quite a while to complete.
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