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Hard Disk Sentinel

CNET Editors' review

Hard Disk Sentinel monitors and tests the health of your computer's hard disks. Although casual users may find some of the information helpful, this tool is better left to those already familiar with the metrics associated with PC performance.

The application monitors hard disk activity and performance. To do so, it integrates information from disks that use Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART), which measures mechanical failures during such processes as seeking and spin-up/spin-down. Hard Disk Sentinel also provides several tests to run through these processes. Errors are logged, and you can save or e-mail reports. Registered users ($23 to buy) can set thresholds for various criteria; when hit, the application can sound an alarm and back up or shut down the disk. Those who opt for the Professional version ($35) can have alerts sent by e-mail as well as schedule automated backups, among other features.

Although Hard Disk Sentinel will not win any design awards, its interface is easily understood. Numerous tooltips help acquaint you with the application, while an impressive Help file provides thorough and informative descriptions of virtually every aspect of the program. The application could use a bit of tightening here and there; when we ran tests, for example, they completed successfully, but the program offered no report or diagnosis. Hard Disk Sentinel provides a great deal of information--probably much more than most people will ever need or want to see. It is a great way to get a snapshot of the health of your hard disks and to estimate the chances of a future failure.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Ever Product"

    November 11, 2013  |   By tomclarke98

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 4.40

    Pros

    Just Awesome.

    Cons

    No problem found.

    Summary

    Hard disk healthy should be your top priority when it comes to your computer. Potential problems, degradations and even failures can lead to losing the entire data on the disk. Hard Disk Sentinel is a tool that can help monitor your HDD.

    The software with a nice interface and with an intuitive layout. Considering the complex and advanced functions of this app, the simple UI helps us to use.

    Main window we can also see a complex list of data about our disk drive, such as the serial number, interface, model ID, firmware revision, number of sectors and many other details. A

    Hard Disk Sentinel can monitor various things about your disks, such as temperature and S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) attributes. We can also perform tests with this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great freebee"

    October 21, 2012  |   By Brusop

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 4.10 Build 5816

    Pros

    Always good to know about sectors going bad on your hardrive and how hot it is.

    Cons

    complicated

    Summary

    good little program. I don't have going at boot.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Detailed information and excellent support"

    November 10, 2011  |   By GP_dad

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 3.70

    Pros

    I couldn't get my external 3 TB disk drive to work on an older PC and emailed their support team. I received a prompt reply from Janos, one of the developers, advising me my HD enclosure's firmware needed to be updated--and he gave me the update link as well. That's reason enough to buy it.

    Cons

    Can't find anything.

    Summary

    Comprehensive product offering extremely detailed disk drive information and backed by excellent support.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant program"

    November 8, 2011  |   By jnieurzyla-1

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 3.70

    Pros

    Picked up a failing backup drive, though it was late, but that was because I did not have sentinel installed.

    Cons

    Cannot fault, except some parts of it you have to pay to use.

    Summary

    One the best programs available, everyone should be using it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great freebee"

    October 4, 2011  |   By Brusop

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 3.70

    Pros

    gives objective info about drive temperature, bad sectors that have been shut down and weakened sectors. Love estimated days of expected life left for hard drive

    Cons

    none really

    Summary

    can help you decide if it's time to replace a hard drive or not

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works Very Well, Not Very Elegant Looking Though"

    November 17, 2009  |   By alm1024

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 3.00

    Pros

    Can actively monitor hard drive temperature and shut down the computer if things get a bit hot.

    It actually works with all of my pass-through drives in my raid array!

    Cons

    Free version is missing a fair bit of functionality which is a bit of a tease because you can see the options, but not check them.

    Summary

    I agree with the editor's review, it will not win any beauty prizes but it get the job done. In the free version you can set the computer to shut down when it hits the caution (yellow) threshold but not the critical (red) threshold, take note though that you can change what temperatures these alerts occur so you can still choose to shut down you computer at your desired HDD temperature cut-off.

    The free version a bit restrictive, and you can see all the cool looking options that are in the pro version but you cannot select them.

    I have used several similar programs (I will not name them!) and they have turned out to be useless because they just monitor the temperature and watch your HDD's slowly cook while you're at work/school instead of shutting down your PC to protect your precious data. I nearly had a fit when my four new 1TB HDD's were nearly too hot to touch and the "SMART" monitoring program I was using was happily telling me my HDD's are roasting but not doing anything about it. This program excels in that respect because it not only monitors but it acts if something is wrong! (That is if you set it up properly)

    In terms of functionality it leaves other similar programs for dead, it really is a stunner in that respect. In terms of looks it is very bland and sometimes the layout feels a bit messy.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Seems accurate"

    November 15, 2009  |   By Steve The Wire Puller

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 3.00

    Pros

    Seems accurate, good layout and gui, easy to find info. Seems to have the info you need to make an assement of a hard drive. Failry nag free -- has one link asking you to register. Paid versions have lots of extra features.

    Cons

    Perhaps too much info. The pay version has a clock sync for instance, but perhaps that is to ensure proper backups.

    Summary

    I've had this for 2 days and looked at 4 drives so far and it seems accurate -- one ready to fail, two healthy, one with a moved sector. Two of these were external drives. There are 4 versions free, standard, pro and enterprise. The price for standard or pro to auto backup might be justified. But if it's just to check a drive on the way out the free version would do. I don't know how well this compares with others as this is the first I tried.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dangerous software?"

    June 9, 2009  |   By ronnewman

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 2

    Pros

    It seems to have caused serious hard drive problems.

    Cons

    I suspect that the annoying screen pop-up saying 'Windows no disk' might be caused by HDsentinel in my computer. Also my hard drive was showing absolutely full when it couldn't have been. The problems disappeared when I removed HDsentinel. Suspect.

    Summary

    I'm very suspicious that it was this software which was causing my HD problem and 'Windows no disk' screen popup/

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great program, easy to use, reliable"

    February 21, 2008  |   By fonokur

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 2

    Cons

    no free version

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The concept of backing up your hard drive before it fails has a major advantage."

    July 9, 2007  |   By hawkmant

    Version: Hard Disk Sentinel 2

    Pros

    Warning the user before a problem may occur and this gives opportunity to backup important and valuable data. The Professional version has options to backup data this feature should be included in all versions of this product.

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