Hard Disk Sentinel (HD Sentinel) is a hard disk monitoring software with support of HDD/SSD drives. Its goal is to find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk drive problems, report and display SSD and hard disk health checker and repair, performance degradations, and failures. It gives a complete textual description, tips, and displays/reports the most comprehensive information about the hard disks and solid-state disks inside the computer or in external enclosures (USB / e-SATA). Many different alerts and report options are available to ensure the maximum safety of your valuable data.
The software monitors hard disk drive / HDD status, including health, temperature and all S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, built in most hard disks and solid-state disks today) values for each disk. Also, it measures the disk transfer speed in real-time which can be used as a benchmark or to detect possible hard disk failures, performance degradations.
Hard Disk Sentinel (HDD Sentinel) is the perfect data protection solution: it can be effectively used to prevent HDD failure and SSD / HDD data loss because it has the most sensitive hard disk health checker and repair system which is extremely sensitive to hard disk problems. This way even a small HDD problem can’t be missed. The Professional version has scheduled and automatic (on-problem) hard disk backup options to prevent data loss caused by not only failure but by malware or accidental delete also.
Hard Disk Sentinel Hard Disk Health Checker And Repair Features
Instant S.M.A.R.T. analyzing
Hard Disk Sentinel can communicate with all IDE, Serial ATA, NVMe, SCSI, SAS, and most USB hard disk drives, SSD and hybrid drives (SSHD) to detect their status and temperature. Hard disk status is displayed immediately as you launch the application, there is no need to analyze hard disks for a long period. It displays the current and maximum temperature for the hard disk. It reads all general and vendor-specific attributes and monitors their values. For advanced users, all raw data are displayed also including power-on time and the number of reading/write errors. Hard Disk Sentinel interprets the performance and fitness related S.M.A.R.T. values and displays the calculated Performance and Health percentage, total power on time, and estimated lifetime remaining.
Hard Disk Hardware and Software Tests
By using Hard Disk Sentinel, it is possible to start hardware hard disk self-tests. These tests can be used to effectively find all hard disk problems because built-in hardware methods are used to verify hard disk components (for example heads, servo, the internal buffer in the Short self-test). The Extended self-test also verifies the complete hard disk surface, finds and repairs all weak areas, and re-allocates the possible bad sectors. This is not possible with the software-based hard disk surface scan methods (for example, by using Scandisk).
Seek Noise Test
Seek Test – to verify hard disk noise, seek time performance and temperature. Longer tests can be used as very deep and intensive stress-tests for the hard disk and verify if additional cooling is required.
It logs all degradations in all SMART parameters and issues alerts in such cases to maximize data protection. For example, if a new bad sector is found on your hard disk, you will be notified.
This software has a wide range of alerts upon different problems. It can send e-mail (with e-mail->SMS gateway it can be SMS warning to your mobile), network message, can play sound alerts and so. There is an option to send daily emails about current status.
It offers the option to shut down the computer on hard disk failure, HDD overheats, or health degradation. This option can be used in combination with the alerts to prevent further data loss.
Hard Disk Details
Detects and displays every information about the hard disk, from the revision number and buffer size to all features it has. The maximum available and current transfer modes are also displayed.
Information on demand
Current hard disk temperatures and health are displayed on the system tray and can be displayed in a small status window, the desktop itself, or in a sidebar gadget (under Windows Vista or newer operating system). Average and maximum temperatures are logged for all hard disks and this information is displayed in graphs for statistical purposes.
Hard Disk Performance
Logs how much data were read from or written to the hard disk. Displays current transfer rates for both reading and writing and estimates the maximum available (theoretical) transfer rate for a particular hard disk.
Hard Disk Partitions
Displays partitions for each physical hard disk and type and usage information about them so you cannot run out of space. Hard Disk Sentinel sends this information automatically in alert/status messages.
The offers option to control the acoustic level of IDE/S-ATA hard disk. It is possible to increase performance or make the hard disk drive more silent.
It offers the option to synchronize the PC clock with an atomic clock via NTP (Network Time Protocol).
The ‘Temperature’ section displays the current values for the selected drive, as well as the day’s average and maximum temperature. Plus, it shows three different graphs with the current, the daily average, and the daily maximum temperature. Disk performance is the section that could prove most handy as it shows details such as total data read and write, current, average, and maximum transfer rate, but also the estimated maximum transfer rate and the average disk activity.
Hard Disk Sentinel has a comprehensive settings menu to configure hotkeys, disk control, message settings, alerts, and even the way the hard disk temperature icon will look in the System Tray. There are multiple tests available, including Random Seek Test and Surface Test and it’s better to close all the other applications before going in there to get the most accurate results possible.
Pros And Cons of Hard Disk Health Checker And Repair
|This package can work with multiple hard disk drives||Customers will need to purchase this product to access all of its features|
|Constant monitoring services guarantee early detection and prevention||This system is not meant to detect common issues such as viruses|
|Operating System||Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10|
|Processor||Pentium or compatible CPU|
|Memory||64 MB of system memory|
|Storage Space||50 MB of hard disk space|
|Additional Information||One or more hard disk, solid-state disk, hybrid drive (SSHD) with ATA (IDE or Serial ATA/SATA II/SATA 6G), SCSI, SAS, USB, NVMe M.2 interface.|
|Software Name||Hard Disk Sentinel Software For Windows V 5.61|
|File Size||32.21 MB|
|Languages||English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese|
Hard Disk Sentinel is definitely worth a try if you’re afraid that something is wrong with your hard drives.