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Editors' Review

by   / October 05, 2009

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.40

  • added option to configure offsets for SCSI, SAS hard disk drives/SSDs, NVMe SSDs, industrial SD memory cards
  • added watchdog extension: protection against unwanted closing/termination after running for multiple days
  • detect and display new problems, degradations of SCSI, SAS disk drives on the Log page
  • improved and extended Log page for IDE, SATA, USB drives: display additional problems, degradations
  • it is possible to sort disks in Load status of offline disks window, multiple disk test selector window, authentic report selector window
  • it is possible to find (CTRL+F, F3) in Load status of offline disks window, multiple disk test selector window, authentic report selector window

General

Publisher H.D.S. Hungary
Publisher web site http://www.hdsentinel.hu/index.php
Release Date May 23, 2019
Date Added May 23, 2019
Version 5.40

Category

Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Diagnostic Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/NT 4
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 25.36MB
File Name hdsentinel_trial_setup.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 197,222
Downloads Last Week 635

Pricing

License Model Free to try
Limitations Some alerting features disabled
Price $23
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