With a minimum of fuss and little user interaction, this freeware accurately monitors ATA drives to detect actual powered-on states versus expected values.
AlarmDisk's plain interface simply lists drives tracked and event log data. Novices could install this app and read the collected information without consulting the thin Help manual. Installing the app takes just a few moments and requires little intervention. The program loads at system start-up and sits in the tool tray. A simple tray button displays green, yellow, or red to indicate if the system had been booted off something other than the tracked ATA disk. A plain text log file displays errors and alerts at each system boot.
This program works only with ATA drives, and doesn't indicate why other drives are not listed. That's not a problem for experienced users, but could confuse novice users. That's a minor quibble for a simple program for those users who want to monitor unauthorized drive activity.
From CPR Tools:
CPR Tools' data security division has developed AlarmDisk to alert data owners about unauthorized use of their data. If your drive has been powered up without your knowledge, even if it was removed from your system, used and then returned, AlarmDisk will let you know. The intuitive system tray notification icon changes to reflect your drive status. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
What's new in this version:
This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.