Free HDD LED

Free HDD LED

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 11 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.97
  • Total Downloads:
    13,876
  • Date Added:
    November 20, 2014
  • File Size:
    116.43KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    100
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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It's extremely reassuring to see that hard drive activity light flashing to the beat of moving data. But suppose you have no activity light? With no LED, how will you know if everything's okay with your PC's HDD? Easy: Try Free HDD LED and see the light. My Portable Software's freeware displays the activity of your system's disk drives, including portable drives, in three places: a flashing system tray icon, a desktop gadget, and even your keyboard's scroll lock LED. It also monitors disk space and can even issue warnings when free space is running low.

The first thing we did when we ran the fully portable Free HDD LED was to click Customize in the system tray and change Free HDD LED's options to Show Icon and Notifications. This made the icon sticky since an icon that flashes to show HDD activity is no good if you can't see it! But we had another choice, a draggable desktop gadget that displayed all our disk drives, including portable drives, in a compact row of activity indicators that also displayed each drive's capacity when we hovered our cursor over it. That's not the end of Free HDD LED's options, either. Right-clicking the tray menu or gadget opened an extensive menu of settings, including Autostart with Windows, HDD refresh rate, disk space tool, transparency settings, and updates. A pop-up warned us that enabling the blinking scroll lock feature might cause "some strange collateral effects," but we tried it anyway. We didn't notice anything strange (at least, not with our system) and it's definitely a valuable option.

PCs used to have real HDD LEDs on their case fronts, but Free HDD LED is actually way better because it not only saves energy by eliminating another LED but also monitors disk space.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 11

5 stars

"Terrific HDD activity alert"

August 29, 2014  |  By Poptop

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.96

Pros

Freeware that loads automatically and shows hard drive read and write activity. The LED button icon is nice as you can move it to any area of your desktop.

Cons

Although it's free It does request a donation as it builds but you can choose to "Skip Donation" after sitting through the 10-second countdown timer. Fortunately this only occurs with each computer restart.

Summary

It was frustrating to not have an activity LED light on my desktop CPU. I checked the available freeware and this one appears to be the best for my needs. I started with Version 1.75 in June 2013. There have been 9 version updates since then and this still functions perfectly for me.

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1 stars

"This app is SHLOCK WARE!"

July 13, 2014  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.96

Pros

Nothing redeeming about this app!

Cons

NAGS and requires a 10 EURO "Donation" to get rid of their DONATE Widget!

Summary

Try WINLED (FREE), it accurately indicates R/W activity for all of your HDD's with no NAGS, or extraneous B$.

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1 stars

"DON'T BOTHER"

September 20, 2013  |  By papaziar

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.76

Pros

Absolutely None

Cons

It will only install if you allow it to install Krapware along with it.

Summary

DON'T BOTHER

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1 stars

"Tries to Install Junkware - Avoid"

August 19, 2013  |  By ln899

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.76

Pros

None, it is junk.

Cons

Has a complicated install routine that tries to install junkware. Avoid this software.

Summary

AVOID!

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1 stars

"THIS IS A VIRUS AND MALWARE DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

August 02, 2013  |  By enigmazero123

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.76

Pros

NOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHINGNOTHING

RATED 0.5 STAR SINCE I HAD NO OTHER CHOICE

Cons

THIS IS A VIRUS AND MALWARE DO NOT DOWNLOAD

Summary

THIS IS A VIRUS AND MALWARE DO NOT DOWNLOAD

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3 stars

"Works Fine"

March 18, 2013  |  By lion063

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.61

Pros

Free, easy to install and use, works fine.

Cons

None for the moment

Summary

The donate button doesn't bother me

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4 stars

"Big Fat DONATE Banner"

October 02, 2012  |  By EduardoGrande

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.30

Pros

Nice enough program with plenty of options.

Cons

First gripe is the hoops you have to jump through with the CNET downloader. Make sure you deselect all the optional toolbar and search addons before clicking OK. While this little utility is "FREE", it has a honking DONATE banner attached to it to harangue you for cash. If you donate they give you a code to make it disappear. Once installed, it may be easy to remove, but I don't see it in my Add/Remove Programs list or in my Program Files Folder. Going to have to jump through some hoops to remove this, apparently.

Summary

My advice... if you can live with the DONATE gun to your head, or are willing to DONATE to make the banner go away... not a bad little utility. Not so crazy about the "stealth" installation. Cnet needs to be spanked for all the c%#p they try to sneak in with their downloader.

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1 stars

"All I got was unwanted non-associated programs..."

November 13, 2011  |  By jfford

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 1.0

Pros

Since I did not actually use the program, I have nothing to say about 'it' either positive or negative.

Cons

Never did even see the actual program, all I got was unwanted non-associated programs, search bars, etc. Gave up and deleted all of it. I am very disappointed that CNET would allow this type of download to be listed on their website. I went to the trouble of downloading the application twice just to make sure and I got results.

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4 stars

"Nice freebie, works as advertised"

September 09, 2011  |  By jcpeake2

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 0.5b

Pros

Free, easy to install and use, works fine.

Cons

Uses a lot of working memory (44MB) for what would seem to be such a small program.
Although it apparently monitors reads and writes separately, which is nice, but there's nothing to tell you which is which (red light vs. blue light).

Summary

My laptop has no disk activity LED, so this program is just the ticket for me.

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5 stars

"Best free harddisk led emulator!"

June 24, 2011  |  By dariovolaric

 |  Version: Free HDD LED 0.2h

Pros

It's free. It's fast. And it shows both read and write activity.

Cons

No installer included. Need to manually copy to a folder on your disk, run it and enable "autostart with Windows" in the options menu. Also need to enable the "minimize to tray" option if you don't want the floating led indicators.

Summary

Might be a bit hassle to install and setup if you are not tech savvy, but then again you would probably not look for something like this if that was the case.

Being able to see your hdd activity in the system tray is ideal as you get to see if your computer is busy or not if it tends to freeze.

No problems with my Antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials). You can also upload this file to virustotal if you want to make sure. It checks out clean.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.97
Version 1.97 fixed the internal reporting engine.
General
Publisher My Portable Software
Publisher web site http://www.myportablesoftware.com/
Release Date November 20, 2014
Date Added November 20, 2014
Version 1.97
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0/3.5
Download Information
File Size 116.43KB
File Name free_hdd_led.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,876
Downloads Last Week 100
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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