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Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Good
Average User Rating:
out of 14 votes out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.20
  • Total Downloads:
    152,312
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 28, 2018
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some alerting features disabled); $23.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    23.12MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    748
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.20
  • added option to monitor NAS boxes, hard disks used with Network Attached Storage devices
  • added Configuration -> Advanced Options -> Monitor Windows Event Log for problems related to disks and storage subsystem. By this option, Hard Disk Sentinel Pro detects if Windows saves errors/warnings to SYSTEM event log and report recent problems detected while Hard Disk Sentinel is running/monitoring and use them in calculation of health to show issues, degradations (registered Pro version)
  • display if Configuration -> Disk Control -> Disable detection of USB and SCSI drives checked and blocking detection
  • added SSD features (Read Zeroes After Trim) and security features (Sanitize, Overwrite, Crypto scramble, Block erase etc.) to Information page and reports
  • detection and reporting new ATA standards and new ATA / Serial ATA features on Information page: Device sleep (DevSleep), Service interrupt, Device encrypts all data, IDLE IMMEDIATE, Nominal form factor, NCQ Streaming and autosense, Rebuild assist, Hybrid information
  • display TRIM status in addition to complete health / temperature / status for NVMe / M.2 SSDs
  • displaying custom configured temperature thresholds on Temperature page
  • displaying lifetime writes of hard disks on main overview page (if supported, for example new Seagate and WD Black drives)
  • improved WRITE testing (Surface test -> Write test, Write+Read, Reinitialise disk surface) to prevent "access denied" error
  • updated Help to cover new functions, features
  • completely redesigned tray icon handling: better sort/move/order tray icons under Windows 7, 8.1, 10
  • improved disk surface test performance with Intel, LSI, Dell SAS RAID controllers and SAS HBAs
  • improved disk surface test performance with hard disks formatted with 520 / 528 bytes/sector
  • improved text description on various errors/problems
General
Publisher H.D.S. Hungary
Publisher web site http://www.hdsentinel.hu/index.php
Release Date March 23, 2018
Date Added March 28, 2018
Version 5.20
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 23.12MB
File Name hdsentinel_trial_setup.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 152,312
Downloads Last Week 748
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Some alerting features disabled
Price $23
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