What is the best HDD/SSD health monitoring tool?

Hello :)

I wonder what is the best or most recommended HDD/SSD health monitoring tool for Windows 7 64bit?

Well... the reasons why i am trying to install a HDD/SSD health monitoring program are i am very interested on knowing it's lifespan of it. And secondly i am going to run a couple of tests with recently released game Metal Gear Solid 5 The Phantom Pain on Steam.

I heard that the game uses a DRM called "Denuvo" and i read the article at wikipedia and it said that it used to minus HDD/SSD lifespans :( and that doesn't seems like a good news to me =.= Damn! i really wanted to play the game but after hearing this "Denuvo" that reduces lifespan of HDD/SSD makes me hesitate on trying to play it :(. Seriously i really have no idea why publishers always trying to attach malware on their games!

By the way, do i need to always have the HDD/SSD monitoring program running on the background?
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  1. Never used one in 30 years of PC except when a drive was acting up to verify it was dying.
  2. Lifespan of almost all current SSD's? Decades.
    Lifespan of almost all current HDD's? Decades.

    You really, really do not need anything running all the time. But if you are really curious, CrystalDiskInfo.
  3. CrystalDiskInfo will extract the SMART status indicators for you (and give a traffic-light indicator of drive health) - for SSDs, the ones you want are the wear levelling and total bytes written (which can be compared to the endurance rating for the drive).
  4. I use HD Tune Pro.....and if you are using an ssd as your boot drive turn off your pagefile or you will kill the drive in a year or two


    pm me your email and ill send you a copy
  5. viometrix said:
    I use HD Tune Pro.....and if you are using an ssd as your boot drive turn off your pagefile or you will kill the drive in a year or two


    pm me your email and ill send you a copy


    That is completely untrue. My current main OS drive (120GB Kingston), is right at 3 years old. Pagefile lives on that drive from day one.
    The only consideration is that I reduced the pagefile size to 1GB min/max.

    Currently, it has approx 12TB total writes in 24/7 use for 3 years. Current SSD's are generally warranted to 70 or 75TB total writes. Actual testing has shown 600+TB total writes.

    Don't turn the pagefile off. Reduce it, maybe, but do not turn it off. Some things actually do rely on that.
  6. USAFRet said:
    viometrix said:
    if you are using an ssd as your boot drive turn off your pagefile or you will kill the drive in a year or two

    That is completely untrue. My current main OS drive (120GB Kingston), is right at 3 years old. Pagefile lives on that drive from day one...Don't turn the pagefile off. Reduce it, maybe, but do not turn it off. Some things actually do rely on that.

    +1. My work laptop only has an SSD in it, and pro-rata'ing the writes projects to 9-10 years life (being used 8 hours a day, 5 days a week). Granted it has 16GB of RAM so the page file might not get hit that much, but it is pushed a bit ...
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