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Hard Drive Inspector Professional

By AltrixSoft Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Mar 31, 2015

Hard Drive Inspector Professional monitors your system's hard disks, SSDs, and USB drives, constantly and in real time. It also ties together a lot of useful capabilities like SMART options, performance settings, and alerts, in one easy-to-navigate user interface.

Pros

Centralized management: Hard Drive Inspector Professional does everything its free competitors do, but from one program and interface.

Reliability estimates: Ongoing reliability estimates, temperature monitoring, and immediate alerts help you anticipate and prevent disk failure and data loss.

Acoustic management: Hard Drive Inspector Professional can make noisy drives quieter, though drive performance might suffer slightly. A slider on the Options dialog shifts from slower/quieter to faster/louder operation.

Cons

Freeware alternatives: Hard Drive Inspector Professional isn't expensive, but similarly capable freeware is available, too.

Backups are better: Hard Drive Inspector Professional points out (correctly) that it helps protect your disks from failure and data loss. But by that logic you'd be better off putting the money toward the cost of a top-shelf backup solution.

Bottom Line

Hard Drive Inspector Professional has advantages over similar freeware, especially unbundled tools. If you're not sure whether you need it, you can try it for free. The information it gathers might just convince you that you're better off with it than without it.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Hard Drive Inspector Professional 4.30 build 225.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.33 build 240

Version 4.33 build 240 adds support for Seagate Backup Plus Slim external drives.

General

Release June 25, 2015
Date Added June 25, 2015
Version 4.33 build 240

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 92,482
Downloads Last Week 16
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Developer's Description

Hard Drive Inspector Professional is a technology-based program, which allows controlling the state of your hard disk drives. As the access to electronic information becomes more and more vital in business and at home, Hard Drive Inspector allows exceeding the traditional limits of HDDs reliability, thus extending the level of valuable user data protection. The program has a flexible option system, which allows you to customize the functionality of this utility according to your needs.