I was wondering if there are any utilities out there that will allow me to determine if my hard drive is failing? The reason that I'm asking is that I recently did a major reinstall to my Windows 7 SP1 system to solve a problem that one of the programs that run the operating system - have stopped working, meaning I often get like windows saying that "This program has stopped working..." and so on.
As for the age of my desktop system, it's about 8 years old and the specifications of my system goes as follows:
- Asus M2A-VM motherboard
- AMD Athlon 64 x2 processor at 2.2GHz
- 6GB DDR2 PC2-5300 memory (motherboard can accept DDR2-400/667/800 memory)
- Lite-ON DVDRW LH-20A1S DVD burner
- Integrated Realtek PCIe GBE gigabit ethernet card
- Integrated ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 (can support both VGA and DVI)
- 250GB Western Digital WD2500KS-00MJB0 SATA hard disk drive (installed when I bought the system back in 2007)
- 500GB Western Digital SATA hard disk drive (couldn't find the model number, but I bought this drive back in April 2010 - to provide extra capacity for my video files, pictures, etc.)
- 3TB Seagate hard disk drive (again, I couldn't remember the model number to be exact. Bought this drive back in December 2012)
Based on my research and experience, I found out that my 250GB Western Digital hard drive may be on the brink of failing and I was planning to either:
1) replace that 250GB Western Digital hard drive with a SSD (Solid State Drive) and then use the 500GB Western Digital hard drive to store my installed programs, user files, etc.
2) completely getting a new desktop system and transfer the data from the two hard drives - the 500GB WD and the 3TB Seagate into the new system's hard drive.
I also have an option of getting another hard drive - solely for the new computer system. As for the SSD, I've previously brought up this issue on another message board a year ago. The opinions were mixed
To summarize, if I want to find out that my hard drive may be on the brink of failing, what are some of the utilities out there that can determine if my drive fails?