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Author Topic: In search of: Tool to show multiple (hard drive) temperatures in the system tray  (Read 6930 times)

mouser

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I'm looking for a utility to show multiple hard drive temperatures in the system tray so i can tell at a glance the temperatures.

  • My number 1 request is to have multiple system tray icons, one for each hard disk temperature.

Other features that would be nice would be:
  • Monitoring other temperatures (motherboard, gpu, etc.)
  • Color changes in temp according to my preset ranges
  • Small (and preferably free or at least very cheap)
  • NOT a big full featured suite of tools to do everything under the sun

Anyone have any recommendations?
« Last Edit: March 02, 2012, 05:25:42 PM by mouser »

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HD Sentinel Pro is larger and more expensive than you'd probably want, but I still wanted to recommend it; though it does a lot, the footprint is still small and it is portable.  Other than that, of course there is SpeedFan.  I've used both, and they both will do what you want (except for the color change on speedfan).

There was also a thread on Tom's hardware a while ago, and there were several recommendations:
HDDTemp
Hardware Sensors Monitor
Argus Monitor
SensorsView (google it- it was blocked from work as malicious services, so I didn't want to post the link)

I didn't any of them (I used speedfan at the time), but I figured I'd pass the recommendation on.

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Long time favorite: SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

Hm, wraith beat me to it  :(

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Speedfan has logging capabilities and it's possible to create a custom utility to display the data from the logs in any way you want.

I used to have a Yahoo widget a few years ago to display Speedfan info. Unfortunately it only worked with an older version of Speedfan and the developer never updated it.

If you can't find an existing utility to do what you want, just the way you want, perhaps making one might not be a bad idea.

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I like Speed fan but it cannot show multiple tray icons (one for each hd) -- at least as far as i can tell.

I don't know if Hardware Sentinal Pro can, but it's too expensive and too big for my needs (though it sounds excellent for someone who really wants to monitor their hard drives).

I'll check out the others.

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Real Temp meets most of your requirements.

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Doesn't look like Real Temp even monitors hard drive temperatures -- so that's a miss.

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I like Speed fan but it cannot show multiple tray icons (one for each hd) -- at least as far as i can tell.

That was why I mentioned that it can log and you could write a custom utility to display the data from the logs as individual icons. When you enable logging, you'll see a question mark button in that tab. Click it to read the info about it in the help file.

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Doesn't look like Real Temp even monitors hard drive temperatures -- so that's a miss.
Well, I did say most... :D
(sorry, I thought it was cpus temp you wanted :()

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CrystalDiskInfo
Get the portable version (no OpenCandy)

I see 2 temp icons in the tray - one for each drive

Edit: it meets # 1 at least. Perhaps the manual describes more.

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We have a winner.  CrystalDiskInfo is free and great.  :Thmbsup:

My system tray:
Screenshot - 3_2_2012 , 5_52_37 PM.png

Thanks Nigel!
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I like Speed fan but it cannot show multiple tray icons (one for each hd) -- at least as far as i can tell.

I don't think multiple icons, but it can show the temps for all in one icon, IIRC.

We have a winner.  CrystalDiskInfo is free and great.  :Thmbsup:

My system tray: (see attachment in previous post)
Thanks Nigel!

Cool... glad you found something!

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Just a quick follow up that I am still loving CrystalDiskInfo -- even picked up an external esata drive when i plugged it in, showing another icon on the system tray with its temperature.