[Contest] Hard Disk Sentinel 4.00

Hard Disk Sentinel (HDS) is pioneer software in hard disk analyzing. It monitors your hard disk status, temperature and health, thereby leading to early prediction of hard disk failures and preventing data loss.

Homepage:
http://www.hdsentinel.com

Now-a-days all types of HDDs such as IDE/Serial ATA/SCSI have S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) feature. Though SMART is very popular it is still not a standard across all manufacturers. Because of this, a manufacturer-independent disk health analyzing method is necessary to determine the real status of any hard disk. Hard Disk Sentinel can do this for you.

HDS comes in three flavors – standard, Professional and Enterprise. Use link below for Product Comparison:
http://www.hdsentinel.com/store.php

I have used the Professional portable-trial version 4.00 for my review.

Following are the main components of HDS:

1. The status window
2. Tray icon
3. Disk icon
4. Quick menu
5. Main window
6. Configuration

1. The status window
Clicking on the “Show Status Window” button on the toolbar a small status window for hdds is displayed. It shows current temperature and disk state. A click on the same shows the free space available on the disk.

As the status window stays on top of every other open window, it is very easy to monitor the state of hdd.

2. Tray icon
Hard Disk Sentinel displays the status of hdds in the tray icon. It shows the temperature of the hdd. Color code for temperature can be configured.

3. Disk icon
This will display the status and free space of the disk in My Computer. For portable version of HDS you could enable the same from Configuration>Disk Control.

4. Quick menu
This menu is displayed on right mouse click on the tray icon. It has the following noticeable handy options:
1. Show or hide the status window
2. Open the configuration page and set preferences.
3. Display temperature statistics of a hard disk.
4. Display detailed information about a hard disk in the main window

5. Main window
Below are the descriptions of the button (from the help file):

This is the main interface of HDS. As you can see from below the interface is sleek, colorful and soothing to eyes. It integrates all features and functions.

6. Configuration
This section deals with various settings provided for your ease such as Alerts, E-mail configuration, Advance options, Disk Control and various others.

I would now like to talk about the real working of HDS as we have covered the menus and sub-sections to some extent.
As from last image above you could see that the main window clearly provides us an overview of the disk(s). This includes Performance, Health and estimated Lifetime. As my HDD is just 18months old, I get 100% for Performance & Health.
The Temperature Monitoring section shows the current, average and maximum temperatures measured for the day. Additionally shown is Max Temperature during the entire lifespan. Though the software automatically sets thresholds based on the HDD make/model, you may choose to set your own threshold values.

As you can see from pic above a Graphical display is shown for the current session, as well as Daily Average, Daily Maximum and Daily Minimum from the period HDS was installed till date. This is very useful to quickly keep an eye on HDD temperature to know when it becomes hot. Also, you can see invariable high/low temperatures detected. Additionally, you can also save these graphs in either BMP or JPG formats.

The SMART tab shows a list of attributes based on your HDD type-IDE/SATA.

As seen above for each Attribute we have a Threshold, Value, Worst, Status, Data, Offset and Enable fields. The most important for any novice user will be Status, because if status is OK, I’m good. Just below the SMART attribute table we are presented with Attribute graph. On this graph it is possible to examine how the attribute changed. The two endpoints of the graph reflect the first measured value (installation day) and the most recent (current) value of the attribute. All other days between these two dates are selected automatically. For example, in the figure above I chose to see graph for “Spin up Time”. So it shows me the spin-up time values from the first use occurrence till date. As you might have noticed, the spin-up time for my HDD went up by 25 points in just 3 days, which is a point of concern for me.
On the information tab, many details of the HDD are displayed. These include but not limited to: manufacturer and model type, revision (internal version) and serial number of the hard disk.

I wish developer could provide a mechanism to expand/collapse the details for each of the list information, as then it would become very easy to see specific details. Nevertheless, you could still copy the entire data to clipboard and play around with in excel. 🙂
The Log & Alert tabs would get populated only in event of any issues/notifications. I’m lucky to have them as blank.
The Disk Performance tab shows you the Real-time statistics of HDD. It monitors the current write and read speeds and it checks how the current usage is stressing for the hard disk. This is displayed in a percentage (%) value, just like the user can examine the CPU usage in the task manager.

Other Important Features/Functionalities:
1. Report – HDS provides a very detailed report on your HDD. It is very extensive and contains every possible attribute. You can save the report in either text or html format.
2. Random Seek Test – This test is used to verify the noise level, track-to-track seek time and temperature levels of HDD. You can select from quick, normal, deep, long intensive or custom duration test. You can also save the test results as JPG format. I went for a Quick test and below is the result.

3. Surface test – It includes READ, WRITE, WRITE + read, Read + WRITE + read test (refresh data area) and Reinitialize disk surface tests. Some of these tests could result into data destruction also. Therefore, make sure you read the description of the test before starting the same. Also, due to huge size of the disk, there tests may run for a long time. However, you may choose to limit the test to specific blocks from the Configuration option. Some of these tests require you to register/buy.

4. Hardware Self Tests – this includes Short self test, Extended self test and Conveyance self test (if supported). Short self test verifies the major components of the hard disk (read/write heads, servo, electronics, internal memory, etc) and takes only 2 minutes. The Extended self test goes for surface scan to find bad sectors. While, the Conveyance self test performs manufacturer-specific test steps.

5. Remote Control – From Configuration>Integration you could provide the settings to use HDS remotely.
6. Operation Modes – HDS can work in two different modes. It can either run as an Application or as a Service. By default, it runs in Application mode. The service mode is available only on NT based operating systems.

Closing Words
Previously I have faced a situation wherein my HDD failed completely overnight.. It was very shocking to me as it was pretty new and therefore, I never took any backup. HDS is one-time pay software (lifetime license with lifetime free upgrades) which once installed relieves you of losing your data. It not only monitors your HDD for overall health, but also its temperature, seek test and surface test features make it an ultimate life-saver.
So, if you can’t afford losing your data, get yourself Hard Disk Sentinel now, or repent always.

Reviewer: Grr

GIVEAWAY:

In cooperation with HDS (sponsor of this giveaway), we can offer 15 licenses of Hard Disk Sentinel 4.00

To get the chance to win:

1 – subscribe to our email Feeds (remember to check your inbox for the activation link)

2 – submit a comment to this post with a valid email address (will be used to send the license)

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We would be happy if you could share this giveaway. Thank you.

Winners will be selected using random.org

 


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  1. Lemond says:

    I don’t know this software, just read about it. I want to try this software, would be happy to get a license for it

  2. UnLuckyZone says:

    Oh, hard disk sentinel.
    it’s useful program for monitoring your hdd. Count me in!

  3. Mike says:

    Enjoyed reading the review grr.

  4. David Weaver says:

    great software. would love to win.

  5. tijian says:

    Good Software.I like it. So easy to use,nothing you need to do,just see it.

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  8. mary loo says:

    Hi I would really love to have a copy of this software as I experienced a hard disk corruption previously that lead to the loss of all my data. Thanks for the chance to participate in this giveaway 🙂

  9. tedi says:

    I never try this software. Maybe if get license i try this software.

  10. Angel V says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! HDS is among the best HD monitoring and analysing applications.

  11. hans says:

    looks good, count me in

  12. Bionic says:

    Fantastic program, in category HD Sentinel is unbeatable.
    Thanks for reviewing Grr.
    http://twitter.com/Bionic_/status/232355277289164802

  13. babak younespour says:

    hi
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    ihope win a key
    thanks

  14. Kolbass says:

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    i hope win a license.
    Best Regards,

  17. ha14 says:

    Hard Disk Sentinel is Hard Drive Savior, No repent after. Thanks for the contest.

  18. OloX says:

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  20. William says:

    Excellent program! Would love to try v4.0

  21. Met says:

    I think the most useful function is to verify hard disk surface for possible errors and repair them by using the surface test

  22. HuAn says:

    I think it’s a great software to check and maintain HDD. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Thanks for campaign Tipradar&Grr.

  25. Aidas says:

    Hello, please include me in this give away. I’ve tried this software before. I was surprised that i could read S.M.A.R.T data from external drive.
    Temperature ar errors monitoring also is superb.

    Thank you

  26. KK says:

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  27. daniel says:

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  29. Tybor says:

    It’s a great software to check and maintain HDD. Thanks for the opportunity.

  30. Black_Hawk says:

    My Harddisk is growing old now and I got no tools to determine how long could it survive. Oh this might be a boon. My HD seriously needs something to take care. Thnx Tipradar for the opportunity 🙂

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    Best regards

  32. Josh says:

    I would be happy to win a license of this excellent SMART monitoring software.

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    Thanks for this giveaway.
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  36. William says:

    Great review! Would love to get this one.

  37. ditch says:

    Have not come across this one before. Would appreciate a license. Thanks for the chance.

  38. bleu says:

    I like to have this software, it is a helpful tool for monitoring health of my HDD. In case, of upcoming disaster, it can warn me..

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    Thanks..

  43. SamChan says:

    I just know this software and I want to try it.
    Thank Tipradar and HDS Team for the giveaway! 🙂

  44. jebbrown says:

    I got the last giveaway version of this and thought it was great.

    Thanks Grr

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    would like to test its extended self-test feature
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  50. Andy Phillips says:

    Which version of the licence are the prizes?

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  56. Geo says:

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  57. Indianatone says:

    If you have ever had a hard drive get too hot as it was failing or start getting read and write errors you need a copy of HD Sentinel. It will save your bacon. Count me in for the giveaway.

  58. Simon says:

    A must-have software for home users. Please save my entry for this contest. Thank you.

  59. Srikanth M says:

    Great giveaway of a good software!

  60. Tadeusz says:

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  61. ljr says:

    Great software!~I like it.

  62. RAGAGH says:

    Great man!!, It give a full details of harddisk. Provide and warns against any future risk for the disk, disk errors. had option like advanced power mgmt and free fall control sense, very helpful to boost disk performance.
    count me in tipradar

  63. Carlos says:

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  64. Estevao says:

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  65. jacksparrow12 says:

    Thanks for the Great review and cool contest ! Please count me in this giveaway draw ! I am excited to win one license !

  66. Quan says:

    Great giveaway of a good software!

  67. mishasin says:

    Great app. Thanks for the nice contest. Please count me in.
    Best regards

  68. Scott Musselman says:

    With one drive at 60% I could really use a licence!! The extended tests may be a lifesaver. When will the winners be picked?

  69. Nathan says:

    Excellent software, please include me in the draw.
    Thank you for the opportunity and good luck to everyone!

  70. allin77 says:

    Please, count me in. Thanks 🙂

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  72. Dacko says:

    Very good software. Thanks.

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  74. DMC says:

    I love Tipradar! I learn about so many amazing programs and tips, and this program seems so useful and amazing, so please add me to the giveaway drawing. Thank you!

  75. Armin says:

    thansk for the chance to win the newest version! please count me in.

  76. Jim-1 says:

    Thanks! 🙂

  77. albert otojunk says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  78. Andrzej says:

    Hard Disk Sentinel it a great product.:)

  79. Adi says:

    Please count me in.

  80. devcih says:

    Pro & Enterprise versions are best!! count me in!! standard version missing some basic feature

  81. marconi says:

    nice soft, hope to have it ! thanks !

  82. vhick says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  83. thuan says:

    count me in, please!

  84. Nicolas says:

    Great contest, please count me in.
    HDS is best disc tool.
    Thx.

  85. Francois L. says:

    Hard Disk Sentinel is a good software , to get all the info about your HDD and it display the temperature on a icon.
    I like to use it on my computer.

  86. Ijam says:

    Hi,

    Been using before, it was true lifesaver before your hardisc dead, must have.

    Count me in.

    Thanks.

  87. justin says:

    I used the Trial Version but are limited to 30 days.

    This great programme

    Thanks a lot.

  88. freebrother says:

    Excellent program!!! Please count me in!!!! Thanks!!!!

  89. Dezsike says:

    I’ve already purchased this software a while ago when one of my old hdds simply started to “forget” data from time to time. HDS instantly revealed that the hdd has 3 bad sectors. With the surface test features I could find those sectors and create a partition structure to exclude them. Now I got 3 hdds, all with perfect condition but HDS is always running in the background to alert me when there’s something goes wrong. Unlike most of the commercial softwares HDS comes with lifetime upgrade license, so it really worth it’s price.

  90. southtownguy says:

    I would love to win a copy of hard disk sentinel. I am recovering from a hd crash and am working on getting my system setup smooth

  91. david says:

    Thanks for giveaway.
    I am currently using standard version, I would like upgrade to Pro
    Count me in please.

  92. Dacko says:

    Thank you for license.

    Regards

  93. William says:

    License was received, thank you very much!!

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  94. -heve- says:

    HD Sentinel the best!

  95. Hevesi János says:

    Great giveaway! Count me in.

  96. Francois L. says:

    I need this program for using on my computer

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