Until very recently I took Speccy reports as gospel, now there is a question in my mind. There are four hard drives in my desktop - one has Win 7, my software and a fair bit of room for data on it, two are purely for data, and the fourth has Linux Mint installed. This all started when I looked at the SMART characteristics on an elderly (12 year old) laptop running Linux and the disc report showed the HD was in pre-fail condition. This led me to check the drives on my desktop.
The full Speccy report via Windows dated August 3rd -
Since Windows cannot see a Linux drive I went into Linux and ran the SMART characteristics and the report was dramatically different. This image shows a combined screenshot of the SMART characteristics of my 1TB C:\ drive, the linux image was taken today after I worked out how to do a screenshot.
My concern is that two software tests on the same drive can show such different results - why ? And which can I trust ? According to Speccy, at least three of my drives are A-OK, according to the Linux test I should hasten round to my supplier for four new drives. Anybody got an explanation ?
Yes, I know there are other tests that can be applied to hard drives, but these two tests are a sort of first port of call.