For a long time, hard disks failures were like earthquakes: you would never know when disaster would strike. Save for some hints that were generally overlooked or not detected by most users, such as sluggish read/write operations, transfers completed with errors or strange sounds coming from the computer box, nothing would give away the fact that the hard disk was spinning its platters for the last time.
Fortunately, those days are gone and predicting drive failure is a simple matter of taking a look at the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) attributes readings. Software capable of offering this feature come in different shapes and sizes, but there is a newcomer in town, which combines disk failure warnings with backup alerts. This way, you can keep track of storage devices on the brink of collapsing and copy data off them to a different, problem-free unit. It’s free , download now.