I have just received an e-mail (newsletter) informing me of the existence of this freeware.
"CheckDrive offers you an easy way to check your hard drives for errors. CheckDrive may detect and fix hard drive errors that might appear on system crashes or when switching off your PC without a proper Windows shutdown. If you ever had a system crash then CheckDrive is for you.
CheckDrive – Features :
Check Hard Disks for Errors
CheckDrive offers you an easy way of checking your PCs hard drives for errors. Those errors can be fixed immediately if you like.
Shows Drive Information
CheckDrive shows info about your drives and determins if your hard drive needs to be cleaned or defragmented.
Detects current fragmentation of your hard drives
Shows the amount of garbage on your disks "
Download : http://www.abelssoft.net/checkdrive.exe
"This software is completely free of charge but if you use it regularly then we would be happy if you would give us a small tip. This helps us to improve the software. As a small thank you, you will automatically receive a plus verison."
@ Jeanjean: Thanks for passing it on. Abelssoft generally make good software (I use their Wash'n'Go and am happy with it), but this one apparently doesn't set the world on fire. It gets a three-star rating (out of five) on Cnet (http://download.cnet.com/CheckDrive/3000-2094_4-10820124.html?tag=mncol#rateit) and only two stars from users. So I'll pass on it.
@ Jeanjean: Thanks for passing it on. Abelssoft generally make good software (I use their Wash'n'Go and am happy with it), but this one apparently doesn't set the world on fire. It gets a three-star rating (out of five) on Cnet (http://download.cnet.com/Check…..col#rateit) and only two stars from users. So I'll pass on it.
@ Conno9: It states in the blurb that Jeanjean copied over: "CheckDrive offers you an easy way of checking your PCs hard drives for errors. Those errors can be fixed immediately if you like."
Kinda sounds like a PC mechanic, but perhaps not a very effective one. According to the Cnet write-up: "The app doesn't list problems or even the number of errors found. It simply flashes a message that errors were found and asks users to press a button to start repair. Oddly, testers reported that the repair process often failed with the message that CheckDisk could not lock the drive. It was easy enough to click to repair the drive at next boot, but, again, that's no improvement over Chkdsk."
I found the time to install and to test it on the drive C.
Confirmation : it found fault, but could not fix them … and proposes to launch a chkdsk at reboot.
Advantages: – check drives while keeping the PC more or less available.
– allows direct access to Wash & Go (probably detected on the PC).
– indicates whether a defrag is needed (direct access to JetDrive – same developer – if detected???)
Disadvantage: – double check in case of problem(s).
BTW, you must register to unlock the program.
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