HD Tune 2.55

4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (51 votes)

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Windows 2000/Server 2003/Vista/XP / Freeware / 17,750 downloads

HD Tune is a hard Disk utility to benchmark, show info, SMART status, temperature and check disk surface.

Reviews of HD Tune

  1. 5 out of 5 stars
    JamesSmith2

    Reviewing 2.55 (Jan 3, 2011)

    The best program for benchmarking hard drive performance and scanning for sector errors. I don't see any need to buy the paid version. Thanks.

  2. 4 out of 5 stars
    radiomaffia

    Reviewing 2.55 (Feb 13, 2008)

    I use HDD Health from panterasoft, does excactly what I want. Shows performance and temperature of both my harddisks, alerts me when temperature is too high and is also Freeware. HD Tune has more to offer but do you need the extras?

  3. 5 out of 5 stars
    photonboy

    Reviewing 2.55 (Feb 13, 2008)

    I can't find any big reasons not to give this full marks. I think I might warn that turning the Block size too far down can vastly misreport the Read speed.

    Hard Drive Tips:
    1. If your temperature is a little high use a fan. I have a large fan mounted at the front of my case to blow across both 3.5" drives at once lowering by well over 10degC. (*choose an extremely low fan speed which you may have to search for. I'm using a tri-speed Antec at its lowest speed. Knob-controlled as part of a kit are another option.)

    2. Many (most?) USB hard drives are not read/written near their full speeds. Not only is USB2 limited to 60MB/s but cheaper electronics may limit further to as low as 30MB/s despite the capability of read speeds of newer drives reaching 80MB/s+. I highly recommend getting SATA drives and an extender if needed to connect to your Motherboard. This also allows for the drive to be automatically turned off (as per Power Management). I don't think USB can automatically turn off.

    *If possible, try to get an eSATA connection on a newer laptop. Once SSD's become cheaper this will become less necessary. I'll be looking for TWO 2.5" laptop drive bays and will install 2 SSD's @ 100MB/s+ each for read speeds of over 200MB/s in RAID 0 (striping).

    The same USB read limitations apply to many products and most people are deceived by the packaging simply stating the USB2 speed maximum of 60MB/s. I had to dig to finally discover many drive bay mounted card readers are LESS THAN 1MB/s. It's difficult to find actual speeds even at manufacturer web sites; feedback from Comments may be your best way to go.

    Hope this helps.

    Question:

    Does anybody know why the hard drive graph shows a shark-tooth like pattern? I would have thought an accurate graph would be straighter but all programs show the same thing.

  4. 4 out of 5 stars
    Winkler

    Reviewing 2.55 (Feb 13, 2008)

    who needs sata anyway

  5. 3 out of 5 stars
    zapatero

    Reviewing 2.55 (Feb 13, 2008)

    It can´t read the SMART data from my SATA disk (Dell Dimension 9150). I use DiskCheckup for this purpose.

Discuss HD Tune

  1. Jan 19, 2010 - 12:56 PM
    VistaClues

    I wrote an article describing how to use HD Tune and how to understand hard disk performance here:

    http://www.vistaclues.co...-disk-drive-performance/