Free HDD LED

Free HDD LED


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
2.2
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.96
File Size:
116.91KB
Date Added:
July 02, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
12,995
Downloads Last Week:
49
Additional Requirements:
Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0/3.5

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    2.2

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current Version:

    1.0

    out of 1 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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    Results 1-10 of 10

  • 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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  • 1 stars

    "Garbage-Trash"

    May 23, 2011   |   By analogtape1958

    Version: Free HDD LED 0.1

    Pros

    None at all never had the chance to use this.

    Cons

    Well this did come out of a zipped folder nicely, but as soon as I tried to set this up my AVG quarantined this and I ended up un-installing this crap right away.... Don't even risk trying this one.

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