This page details everything you might want to know about WindowSMART 2015, from system requirements, all of the features and more.
Good news! You don't need to worry about what's on this page. It is geeky, and it is technical. The information on this page is provided for folks who want to know all the details about every feature. If you're one of those people, read on. But if the mere thought of geeky stuff scares you, you can go back to the WindowSMART product page and leave what's on this page for the geeks.
Slow file access, an occasional blue screen of death or random reboots may be disregarded by the user. Sometimes we blame Windows, or assume a virus is at fault. Unfortunately, many times a failing hard drive is the root cause. And while Solid State Disks (SSD) are often regarded as more reliable than hard disks, they too can show warning signs that the end is nigh.
How can we tell if our hard drive or SSD is healthy? Hard drives and SSDs contain technology called Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, or SMART, which is a hard disk and SSD health monitoring and failure prediction technology. SMART tracks various disk health and performance attributes. Special tools, such as WindowSMART 2015, can read and analyze these attributes and then alert you if an unhealthy condition is detected.
Google conducted research that shows a hard drive is 39 times more likely to fail within 60 days after the first bad sector is detected. Each time a bad sector is detected, the drive must reallocate data to a spare sector--these remapping operations take time and can lead to slowdowns, freezes and blue screens.
End-to-end errors are another common failure. End-to-end errors involve data corruption--from the time the data is read from disk, transferred through the disk's cache and handed off to the OS--or the other way around--something got messed up. If an end-to-end error occurs while Windows is working with its critical paging file, a blue screen is almost guaranteed.
With WindowSMART 2015, you can be notified NOW when an unhealthy disk condition is detected. Be notified right on your desktop, via email and on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android phone or tablet, and Windows Phone.