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CrystalDiskInfo

CNET Editors' review

CrystalDiskInfo is one of the tools we turn to when we want as much useful data as possible about our system's hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) as well as many external drives. This free system utility monitors the health and status of your drives and displays the information in a compact, easy-to-read interface. CrystalDiskInfo monitors and displays your drives' temperature and SMART data, and it can even alert you when things start to go wrong.

CrystalDiskInfo's user interface displays your drives' health status and temperature sensor data (where available) in a bar along the top of the window. Selecting any drive's icon displays its details in the main view. The program opened with our C drive, an SSD. CrystalDiskInfo displayed its name, model number, and capacity. Many SSDs lack temperature sensors; ours included, so the temperature read zero degrees. But CrystalDiskInfo displayed a lot of useful data, including Power On Count and Hours, Host Reads and Writes, Firmware version, and Standards. Under Features, it showed that our SSD was compatible with SMART, TRIM, and NCQ as well as 48-bit Logical Block Addressing (LBA). CrystalDiskInfo displays detailed SMART data in the optional bottom view under a variety of headings. The second tab showed our HDD's data, including Rotation Rate. The program's settings include interface languages, fonts, and copy options. But the Function menu contains the most interesting stuff, such as a separate Graph that can display dozens of disk parameters, startup and temperature display options, workarounds, and the ability to open the Windows Device Manager and Disk Manager directly. Under Advanced Features, we found the AAM/APM Control console (with an Auto Adaptation option). We could also set up mail alerts, view the event log, and more. Under Health Status Settings, we could set Thresholds of Caution for our HDD's sector counts.

The program's system tray icon displays a selected disk's temperature and accesses a Collective Settings submenu that makes it easy to set common parameters such as Alarm Settings for temperature and Health Status. There's an excellent, fully indexed Help file, too. CrystalDiskInfo is a regular fixture in our PC toolbox.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Installs third party software without your consent"

    February 18, 2014  |   By twiggus

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 6.0.4

    Pros

    Absolutely none - I bailed out of the install when it started adding third party software without my consent.

    Cons

    Nothing but adware and spyware - do not install this. Why would CNET even offer this garbage, much less recommend it?

    Summary

    I read the full end user agreement when I noticed mention of third party software. The agreement states that this software would not be added without your consent, so I decided to continue. The first thing that popped up was a screen asking if I wanted to perform "Express Install" or "Custom Install" of a program called "Search Protect". I was not given the option of not installing it, so I decided to cancel the entire Crystal installation. Much to my surprise, the program was installed anyway and it changed my browser homepage and search provider - all of this without my consent.

    Guess I'll be running Malware Bytes to see if anything else was added without my consent...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "spyware+adware"

    January 24, 2014  |   By StigR

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 6.0.4

    Pros

    Lots useful info but....

    Cons

    ... it crashed my C:-drive...
    Lots of spy- and adware installed, changed my startup-page and finally made my c: unbootable.
    Took a few hours, but now up an running again.

    Summary

    My recommendation: Do NOT install...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works great. Told me things about my disk I never knew."

    January 2, 2014  |   By ddragoo

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2

    Pros

    It just works.

    Cons

    Really don't know of any cons.

    Summary

    If you are concerned about how your hard disk is doing this is the program for you. Each thing it tells you about you disk is easily searchable so you can find out what it means if you get alarms. WAY better than stuff like CHKDSK that comes with your OS. And its free!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible product; has adware/spyware"

    December 29, 2013  |   By cal82@hotmail.com

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2

    Pros

    Nothing to brag about.

    Cons

    The software installs a boat load of adware and spyware programs such as SearchProtect toolbar, SearchConduit (a browser hijacker) designed to snoop your every move on the PC, sabotage your online searches, and opening your computer for further attacks.

    Summary

    I despise the developers of this software for resorting to this type of LOW in order to make a buck. This software has potential, but it's hindered by adware/spyware that installs automatically without the user's explicit consent. It took me an hour to remove SearchProtect as it managed to copy itself into all of the "program files" folders of my Windows drive.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Do Not DOWNLOAD!!"

    October 30, 2013  |   By mjcphoto24

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2

    Pros

    Nothing Nothing

    Cons

    I downloaded this to check my hard drive to see if it was failing and I got so much garbage from downloading this. I got a whole bunch of add ware programs like tool bars that are hard to remove. I would not use it if I were you.

    Summary

    I downloaded this to check my hard drive to see if it was failing and I got so much garbage from downloading this. I got a whole bunch of add ware programs like tool bars that are hard to remove. I would not use it if I were you. My anti virus kicked on and warned me. BAD BAD BAD!!! And not something that you want when you are dealing with a failing hard drive!!!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Nice product, comes with adware"

    October 10, 2013  |   By Cycledoc22

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2

    Pros

    Easy quick

    Cons

    packaged with adware. From site, get AVG toolbar, without asking. Avoid.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Main purpose is to install other software"

    April 27, 2013  |   By mikeburek

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.6.2

    Pros

    It can display some neat hard drive info.

    Cons

    It installs OpenCandy, AVG Search Toolbar, Amazon search, and sets Amazon as your default page.

    Uninstalling AVG Search Toolbar takes uninstalling from browser, several browser restarts, and uninstalling from Control Panel. There is no option to not install it.

    Amazon Search gives you an option to not install it.

    OpenCandy - no option to not install, and I'm not sure how to uninstall.

    Summary

    Main purpose is to install other software. I would classify this as Spam/Trojan Horse. There are other utilities that won't sell you out and are still free.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "To Be or Not To Be"

    April 2, 2013  |   By ok4mi2

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.5.0

    Pros

    It certainly seemed cable and competent of the abilities this excellent software possess. CNET Editors reviewed it highly and so I tried it. But it was interesting but that was about it as I really don't need that information churned out daily. I uninstalled it to have more room for the next CNET download.

    Cons

    If I used it on a server, network environment it would be much easier to value it as worth the effort or not. Before that just happens to me it may be sometime. I cannot say it was particular usefulness to me.

    Summary



    Updated on Apr 2, 2013

    The software is useful if one needs it. But for the average home user such as I am, it seems more of a curiosity which can be nice to see but unnecessary and occupies disk space which can be used for better purposes.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good but..."

    April 1, 2013  |   By ninja660

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.5.0

    Pros

    The information this program processed for the drives is outstanding!

    Cons

    Adware - if you're not careful on installation, it attempts to install other packages such as RealPlayer - that was annoying considering it asks you to follow some of the freeware distribution rules.

    Summary

    Not bad, but eliminate the bloatware/adware installers and I'd give it 5-*'s

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Didn't run on Win 8 so I don't know"

    March 10, 2013  |   By unparallel

    Version: CrystalDiskInfo 5.4.2

    Pros

    Nice icon?

    Cons

    Didn't run on Win 8. (What does, reliably? Especially legacy programs.)

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