Free O&O DriveLED 3!

Hard drives are the part of your computer most prone to crashing. Crashing of hardware, in of itself, is bad. However, the death of a hard drive is even worse because the hard drive holds all your precious data. So, in that regard, O&O DriveLED is an “early-warning system” that assists you by identifying potential hard drives problems so you can backup your data, or replace the hard drive, before the catastrophe occurs.  Here are the features of O&O DriveLED as per the developer:

Features at a glance

  • Display of read/write access for logical volumes
  • Display of current storage capacity on logical drives
  • Automatic monitoring of all S.M.A.R.T. properties
  • Display of current temperatures on all hard disk drives (when supported by manufacturer)
  • Prognosis of remaining operational life for all hard disk drives
  • Self tests run directly in Windows without the creation of a boot disk
  • Warning notification of possible operational errors on all hard disk drives
  • Support of all Windows-compatible storage volumes
  • Support of SCSI-disk drives

An early-warning for system crashes

Although O&O DriveLED won’t let you avoid a system crash entirely, it
can let you know early enough whenever there’s trouble on the horizon.
O&O DriveLED 3 is a reliable partner that accurately tells you when it
is time to backup your important data with O&O DiskImage, or even to
replace the hard disk.

S.M.A.R.T. hardware monitoring

Quietly running in the background, the new O&O DriveLED 3 permanently
monitors the status of your hard disks With the help of S.M.A.R.T.
(Self Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology), O&O DriveLED 3
analyses the health state of your hard disks and warns you in the event
of potential malfunctions.

Running self- tests

Immediately after installation O&O DriveLED 3 provides you with
the ability to make an intensive analysis of all of your hard disks. Every
hard disk that supports S.M.A.R.T. is able to run self tests. Using
O&O DriveLED 3 you can start a self-test of your hard disk with only one
click of your mouse. During the tests several parameters and functions
are systematically checked, including the interface, the surface and the
mechanics, including every read head. In addition, the error log will be
analyzed and the S.M.A.R.T. system itself will be tested. If there were
no failures found, the corresponding indicator will be lit up green. If
some failures occurred, O&O DriveLED 3 will notify you. In this case, it
is recommended to backup your data.

Analyze the status of your drives

In the O&O DriveLED Control Center, each drive is symbolized by a
lamp. Each of these LEDs will show you the latest status of any particular
drive. Depending on the status, the LEDs will display a different color:

  • Grey – no activity to report
  • Green – reading access on the partition
  • Red – data is being written on the partition
  • Yellow – data is being simultaneously written and read on the partition

While O&O DriveLED 3 makes it possible for you to see your hard
drive‘s built-in LEDs on your computer screen, this is just the beginning.
In addition, you now have the possibility of monitoring all of your
virtual drives, such as network drives, being able to clearly distinguish
between read-access and write-access.

Usually O&O DriveLED would cost you $29.95 (USD) but now you can get O&O DriveLED for free! The cool thing is, the freebie is O&O DriveLED 3 – the latest version of the software.

To get O&O DriveLED 3 for free, follow these simple directions:

Version being given out for free: v3.1 Build 1983

Free updates: I don’t know

Supported OS: Windows 2000+

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail you registered with. There should be an e-mail from “O&O Register ( ” with the subject of “Your license of O&O DriveLED 3?”. In the e-mail you will find your registration information:

Keep this e-mail open because you will need that registration information soon.

  • Download (32-bit download | 64-bit download) and install O&O DriveLED 3.
  • After installation, run O&O DriveLED 3. You will be prompted to register the software. Enter the registration information you received in the e-mail, and register it:

Take note that you will also be asked to enter your e-mail address after the registration has been complete. You do not have to enter your e-mail address at that point – it is optional. If you don’t want to enter it, just click “Next”.

  • Enjoy!

If you have any trouble getting O&O DriveLED 3 for free, please post below and I will try to help.

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  • Taz

    No problems getting registration email.

    However – Version 4 has been released and it’s a little confusing as to what this “free offer” is all about. The email you get states:
    In case you have not done so already, the most current
    versions of our software that you now own can be downloaded at Included on this site you can find all O&O products.

    When you go to this page, the only version of O&O DriveLED listed is Version 4, however the key specified in the email is only for version 3. (Trust me – I downloaded V4 by mistake and the key didn’t work).

    If you look in the upper left part of the page you will find a link for “Archives”. You need to go to that page and download Version 3 from there.

    Here is their upgrade offer which I am assuming would apply – but I’m not sure since I really don’t have any interest in upgrading. (I could not even find any doc on what the upgrade consists of).
    Upgrade to O&O DriveLED 4 Professional Edition

    USD 19.95

    Versions qualifying for Upgrade:
    All O&O DriveLED Professional Versions since 1.x,

    Possible from appropriate competing Products

    Maintenance Agreement Holders:
    Free Upgrade

  • AlanR

    @Ramesh Kumar:

    Thanks Ramesh – I did notice this when checking their website (after posting my quick reaction to RobCr’s comments which did not mention all the OS’.) No harm done though. :)

  • AlanR

    @Ramesh Kumar:
    And mine came after 7 hours.!
    Looks like it’s a case of “luck of the draw” – and a test of patience too.! Grrrrrrr!

  • RobCr

    Do not spank your spam filter.
    If it is blocking links to Vista sites, then it is working perfectly.

  • Ashraf

    @RobCr: Sorry Rob. The spam filter caught your messages. I have cleared them now, though.

  • Ramesh Kumar


    Friend I got it after 18 hrs, others got it in 10 mins. So definitely you’d get it even if it takes time I guess
    Ramesh :)

  • Ramesh Kumar

    1 licence per computer dear friends. The very good help file says this:-

    Note on licensing
    O&O DriveLED needs to be licensed per computer; in other words, you have to purchase a license for each computer where you want to employ O&O Defrag. You are not allowed to transfer this license on another computer.

    Ramesh :)

  • Ramesh Kumar


    Hi! In answer to your question I am directly copy pasting from the app’s help file:-

    System Requirements
    The system requirement of each operating system have to be fulfilled
    10 MB free hard disk space for installation
    Windows™ 7, Vista®, XP, 2000, Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 (all Editions, from Windows XP/Server 2003 each 32-bit/64-bit support)

    Ramesh :)

  • Ramesh Kumar


    Thank you Chief! I got my registration.
    Ramesh :D

  • RobCr


    Alan this is my fifth attempt to reply.
    This time I will leave out the links, in case they are triggering the problem.
    there are two Vista web sites offering to download that program, so I figure Vista should be ok.
    www bestvistadownloads com
    www vistaheads com

  • AlanR

    Yikes.! Like No.2 Gary, it’s One hour after registering and still no license key e-mail. :(
    Trying another e-mail address now.!

    P.S. – I did edit my comments at No.17 but the typo corrections etc. have not been implemented – why?

  • Ramesh Kumar


    Requesting your kind help.I’ve got the app installed on my comp. Prior to that around 18 hrs ago I had filled the registration form & was told they’ll email me the licence key etc. It has still not come by email. Pls advise

  • RobCr

    Not to sure on that one.
    I don;t have either OS.
    I notice that this site –
    and this site –
    have it listed, so they are alleging that it works on Vista.

  • AlanR


    RobCr, you list OS’ up tp XP only. Does this mean it does not work under Vista and Win 7..?

  • RobCr


    This is free for non commercial use –

    HDD Health v3.3 Build 220 Beta
    HDD Health is a full-featured failure-prediction agent for machines using Windows 95, 98, NT, Me, 2000 and XP. Sitting in the system tray, it monitors hard disks and alerts you to impending failure. The program uses Self Monitoring and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) built into all new hard disks, and can predict failures on your hard drives. A host of alerting features include email, local pop-up messages, net messages, and event logging, while using no system resources.

    I have been using it for over a year.

  • OldElmerFudd

    Curious program. It shows drive temps and lets you run S.M.A.R.T. self tests, all of which could be done with freeware. The code’s a bit sloppy, but I’m a little critical about that kind of stuff – it still works. Registering only ends the 30 day limit; all the functions are the same.

    My biggest frustration with this is the marketing. It’s made to sound like the program will alert you to impending drive failure without running the tests. I just don’t see that happening in that fashion. As always, ymmv, imho.

  • clockmendergb

    I have the same problem as Vinnie.(12)
    I am running Vista Ultimate 64 bit

  • Caleb

    are there any open source alternatives?

  • Vinnie

    Every time I re-start the program (i.e. after a restart of computer or just because I accidentally closed the program) I need to re-enter all my registration information. Any ideas as to why this might be happening? BTW, I am running it on Windwos 7 64bit.

  • anemailname

    Running Win 7 Home Premium X64.
    Runs great and I’m all green! LOL
    Thanks Ashraf! I do need to do a backup anyway, but at least with this, I will know something is about to go!

  • Just installed this software, Restarted fine Entered the reg code and it crashed my system, Tried it again then crashed again, I have now uninstalled it.

  • Adrian

    According to experience, all O&O freebies do not have free updates. (there could be exceptions, of course :))

  • Friend

    Thanks Ashraf for this wonderful program.

  • AOA Ashraf,
    Thanks for another useful post. Seems like a great utility as I have faced an incident of crashing HDD.

    BTW, I’m still waiting for registration e-mail as well :(

  • @Ashraf: Everything is fine, I got three emails. And, Thanks

  • Ashraf

    @Muhammad: You are welcome.

    @gary: It took me about 10 minutes to get an e-mail. Maybe check your junk/spam box? Or, try with another e-mail.

    @DrLongBear: It took me about 10 minutes. As I told Gary, have you checked your junk/email box? If that still doesn’t work try using another e-mail.

    And thanks for the votes =).

    @Joe: I don’t see why not. But you will have to use multiple e-mail addresses.

  • Joe


    Do you know if I can get 2 licenses for 2 computers?

    I appreciate what you do for your global neighbors.


  • DrLongBear

    I’m with Gary…it has been quite a protracted amount of time and I have had no response…it looks like maybe a good program to have, but it’s not going anywhere if we never get the info we need to run it.

    Thanks for trying…and I am telling all my family and friends to logon and vote for the site.

  • Hello,
    Requested license over an hour ago with no response, is this normal?
    Thanks, Gary

  • Muhammad

    thanks ashraf