HDDlife


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 37 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.9.110
File Size:
6.42MB
Date Added:
April 10, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
87,176
Downloads Last Week:
14
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista

Editors' review

This freeware application is supposed to monitor your hard drive health, but it didn't give us the right readings.

As soon as HDDlife's installation begins, you're offered the choice to try a trial version of HDDlife Pro instead. If you stay with the free program, the program's plain interface displays hard drive temperature, health status, and performance ratings, but details are disabled unless you upgrade.

The main flaw with HDDlife was in the incorrect health status reading of our test hard drive. The program showed a critical rating, with a prompt to immediately back up the computer to prevent data loss. This diagnosis wasn't confirmed, however, when we checked with other tools.

Users beware: HDDlife wasn't a very reliable tool for monitoring hard drive health, and its primary purpose seems to be to get you to upgrade to a paid version.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 37 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current Version:

    3.0

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1 stars

    "Free version gives no useful information"

    January 15, 2013   |   By mSnus

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    Shows some basic info (see screenshot)

    Cons

    Welcomed me with siren sound and alert. No description for the alert was given - the info button is only active in paid version.
    I found that it was just beacuse of low free space, not because of disk errors! So it was a false warning.

    Summary

    You should better use CrystalDiskInfo if you really need SMART diagnotsics tool.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works for what it's intended purpose"

    May 27, 2011   |   By oldtechie47

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    HDDLife 2.9.110
    Monitors the temps & reports the hours of use on the HDD. Alarm points can be user-defined for temps as well as for free space. It works well for what it was designed to do. It is good to know how hot those drives are running.

    Cons

    Maybe not a con: But need to mention: May give a false sense of security because it does not do any surface check. Just realize what it is intended to do, "Monitor temps and free space." You still need chkdisk.

    Summary

    I had questionable secondary drive used only for storage. It showed up in the System event log as a drive failure. (Bad Block) Running Windows XP. At that point I could still read and write to it. I ran the Western Digital diagnostics against it, and it showed failing. Of course I had to get all data backed up to another drive first! The W.D. diagnostic destroys all data.

    I wondered about drive temperatures, and found HDDLife. HDDLife shows it in good health. The drive is not too hot or too full. The S.M.A.R.T is able to be read OK. The drive only has about
    6000 hours on it. So HDDLife is happy. I don't know why this drive went south, since it is not running hot and has very little use.

    I swapped out the bad drive with another PATA 80GB W.D. drive. Exactly the same make & model. This one has 39000 hours on it. And it IS running hot... However it is still working. I don't expect it to work a lot longer though. It runs at 49 degrees Celsius with a front fan blowing across it.


    Finally, I saw where others had trouble uninstalling HDDLife. I did the following:
    1. disconnected from my router
    2. shut down antivirus and firewall software
    3. made sure that HDDLife was shut down with no processes running
    4. did an uninstall -- noted that it seemed to want to call home, just cancelled out
    It seemed to uninstall cleanly. I see no folder named "Binary Sense" left in the program files folder.

    Was I was lucky or did I do things right? <lol>
    I can't vouch for how PRO version would uninstall.

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  • 3 stars

    "was tested with two other HDD software"

    February 21, 2011   |   By psyfyre

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    was tested with two other HDD software - cannot recall as HDD crashed

    Cons

    was tested with two other HDD software - cannot recall as HDD crashed

    Summary

    was tested with two other HDD software - cannot recall as HDD crashed

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  • 3 stars

    "I've been using it for years and like it."

    April 06, 2010   |   By porokh

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    For a free version it carries some good functions. Especially the current temperature of hard drives.

    Cons

    Loads slower compare to a previous version.

    Summary

    If you would like to know a present condition of your hard drive(s) it is a good program to have.

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  • 2 stars

    "for only express analyse"

    September 18, 2009   |   By smart_newline

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    small and friendly

    Cons

    not have graphic, diagram of monitoring, not custom tray message icon

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  • 1 stars

    "Very little useful data, don't waste your time"

    July 28, 2009   |   By Bbear2

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    The install went fine and it did set a "restore point" (which I need later). It gave me the drive temps.

    Cons

    Would not uninstall properly. Had to access the products web page. Provided NO useful data. Data it did provide was erroneous or undefined.

    Summary

    This was more of a trial version to see the user interface than it was usable freeware. There was nothing of value to this version other than providing the drive temps and that is easily had elsewhere.

    Upon realizing this I tried to uninstall it and unless I allowed it to "phone home" to it's web site, the uninstall hung indefinitely. Once I allowed it to phone home, the uninstall did complete. However, there were still pieces of it in the registry (and not simply accessed files or temp files).
    The only good thing I can say about it is that it set a restore point which I used and am now back where I started. A total waste of time.

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  • 2 stars

    "CNET Staff review was 100% correct"

    May 16, 2009   |   By JarrodJA

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    Nothing much, just the control panel looked interesting, but was a mistake installing it.

    Cons

    This product reports false positive. I reports my brand new SATA drive with a health state with 0%.

    Summary

    This product reports false positive. I reports my brand new SATA drive with a health state with 0%. I brought this drive off the hard drive's manufacture, and a freshly installed windows vista. It first reported a drive state of 93%. After 15 days as the trail period ended, it started to report my new STAT hard drive state at Health 0% performance 20%. I tried uninstalling it, but a error message come out "This feature is only available in pro verison. Get pro version to unistall" and also the annoying thing is that it pops up in the taskbar about the fake hard drive state. Windows defender also reports unwanted behavior with HDDlife. I tried installing it by pulling the key out in "Regedit" with "CMD" I typed "sc delete BinarySense" an message under the commend "access denied". I pulled the key out of the "Regedit" and the file on program files. I restart my computer and restarted about 6 times, every time when the windows finish loading, a BSOD comes up windows has shutdown to proven damage to your computer ........... I boot safe mode, backed up my PC and all the sudden, HDDlife installed it-self into my back up files. I found a file under "BinarySense" in appdata and common files. I removed the key using "regedit" program files appdata file and common file then back up my PC again using ssfe. mode. And it seems to be removed. To me, HDD life is a rouge software, but it doesn't give or contain viruses.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works Well, but no support whatsoever"

    April 08, 2009   |   By Intrepid-LI

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    One of the best SMART applications available. Very customizable. Excellent graphical user interface. Can even email alerts to you (such as high temperature or HD error warnings).

    Cons

    The company provides no support - none whatsoever. Not even to paying customers. They never responded to multiple requests and I'm a registered customer.

    Summary

    I use HDLife and I really like it. But if you have problems, you're on your own.

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  • 1 stars

    "Super Nag Ware"

    April 24, 2008   |   By jianuwine

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    It display hard drive information in a simple screen.

    Cons

    Super nagging to upgrade; plays loud siren noice. Avoid if you are willing to buy. The "free" is deceptive.

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  • 5 stars

    "Good"

    November 30, 2007   |   By edim123

    Version: HDDlife 2.9.110

    Pros

    Good

    Cons

    Good

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