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Save Your Hard Drive With These Laptop Computer Temperature Monitor Apps

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Heat wreaks havoc on computers, especially laptops. Tight cases and dust buildup can lead to poor air circulation, and without circulation, the heat generated inside has nowhere to go.

Indeed, ignoring heat problems is the surest way to destroy a laptop. You thought it slowed down because it’s old and contains outdated hardware? That’s partly true, but not the whole story.

Heat can severely impair the performance of computer components, with hard drives being the most susceptible. If your hard drive seems like it’s dying, first check the internal temperature. Fortunately, checking temperatures is as easy as using one of these free apps.

1. CrystalDiskInfo

There are many programs and ways to check your hard drive and CrystalDiskInfo is no different. It gives you a very detailed look on the inside of your hard drive in your computer. It shows all the needed and basic information like running time of hard drive, temperature and reading / writing attempts all in an easy to understand format.

Also, If your chief concern is the temperature of a hard drive, look no further than CrystalDiskInfo. This is a dedicated utility for managing the health of HDDs and SSDs, and is so useful that we consider it a must-have diagnostic tool for Windows users.

With its clear and easy-to-use interface, you’ll have no trouble navigating all the information it has for you. And with all of its advanced features, it’s practical enough for power users, not just newbies.

Notable features include:

  • Monitors temperatures for all system HDDs and SSDs.
  • Health Status estimates the overall health of each drive.
  • In-depth diagnostics for all read/write drive values.
  • In-depth graphs for HDD and SSD values over time.
  • Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

2. Core Temp

Core Temp is my go-to temperature monitor because it’s fast, accurate, and flexible. However, a word of warning: the installer comes with bundleware! You can avoid it by unchecking it, but you have to pay attention during installation. Otherwise, there are no ads.

Notable features include:

  • System tray icon with real-time information.
  • Pick which sensor to display in the system tray icon.
  • Overheat protection notifies when the temperature is too hot.
  • Tracks system hardware details for reference.
  • Checks for BIOS and Driver updates.

3. HWiNFO

HWiNFO is a lightweight diagnostic tool for gleaming in-depth hardware information and monitoring systems in real-time. It’s a lot easier to use than it sounds. Plus, it’s actively updated — a new version about once every 1-2 months, which is great for cutting-edge systems.

In-depth Hardware Information
From a quick overview unfolding into the depth of all hardware components. Always up-to date supporting latest technologies and standards.

Real-Time System Monitoring
Accurate monitoring of all system components for actual status and failure prediction. Customizable interface with variety of options.

Extensive Reporting
Multiple types of reports, status logging and interfacing with other tools or add-ons.

Notable features include:

  • System tray icon with real-time information.
  • Reports for CPU, RAM, HDDs, SSDs, battery, and more.
  • Allows remote monitoring of sensor data.
  • Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

4. HWMonitor

HWMonitor is one of the most trusted system monitoring apps currently available. The free version is more than enough for keeping tabs on temperature, but there is a Pro version with advanced features (e.g. graph generation) for €20.

Notable features include:

  • Read any sensor with voltages, temperatures, or fans.
  • Save monitoring data to a log for troubleshooting.
  • Checks for BIOS and Driver updates.
  • Available in 32-bit and 64-bit, installed or portable.

5. Macs Fan Control

If you’re running Windows on a Mac, things get slightly tricky because the hardware in a Mac has a few proprietary quirks.

The good news is, there’s a free app designed specifically for you and it’s called Macs Fan Control. It’s easy to use and I highly recommend it.

Notable features include:

  • System tray icon with real-time temperature.
  • Pick which sensor to display in the system tray icon.
  • Set custom min/max fan RPMs based on sensor values.
  • Supports sensors for third-party HDDs and SSDs.
  • Supports every model: iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini, Mac Pro.

6. SpeedFan

In addition to potential hardware damage, high system temperatures are problematic because they cause your laptop’s fans to work overtime. A hard-working fan wears out faster, but more importantly, fast-spinning fans are loud. Much louder than you’d anticipate. Of the many ways to silence noisy laptop fans, the easiest is to use SpeedFan to manually control fan revolutions per minute (RPM).

What’s nice is that SpeedFan also has features for monitoring temperature, so it’s like a 2-in-1 app — just not as advanced as the others above.

Notable features include:

  • System tray icon with real-time information.
  • Read any sensor with voltages, temperatures, or fans.
  • Set custom min/max fan RPMs based on sensor values.
  • Adjust and fix incorrect temperature readings on sensors.
  • Chart values over time for troubleshooting.

7. Open Hardware Monitor

Open Hardware Monitor is similar to HWiNFO and HWMonitor, except that it’s open source.

It comes from the open-source world (just like XBMC is for multimedia purposes). It’s completely free to use and doesn’t even require installation.

The last part makes it very useful on a work PC, where you’re not allowed to install software. Take that, system admin!

However, it has two big downsides: updates are slow (once every year or two) so it may not be able to read sensors on newer systems. For older systems, it should be perfectly fine.

Notable features include:

  • Read most sensors with voltages, temperatures, or fans.
  • Save sensor data to a log for troubleshooting.
  • Display data on a remote web server.
  • Portable, so no installation needed.

Tips for Reducing Laptop Temperatures

Make sure you check temperatures when your laptop is idle (with no apps running) and under load (with performance-heavy apps running). A high idle temperature can be just as degrading as a high spike under load. Learn more about how hot is too hot for a PC.

If it is running too hot, don’t worry. You have options.

We have plenty of tips on fixing an overheating laptop and several more tips on keeping your PC cool. The most effective steps are to clean out internal dust, always use on a hard flat surface, and supplement with a laptop cooling pad. These steps will make your hard drive last longer.

How hot is your computer running? Share your temperatures in the comments below, and if you have any unanswered questions, feel free to share those as well.

 

Sources:
Makeuseof.com
Tomsguide.com
Guidingtech.com
Hwinfo.com

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