Hard Disk Sentinel (HDSentinel) is a multi-OS HDD monitoring and HDD analysis application. Its goal is to find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk drive problems, report and display HDD health, performance degradations and failures. Hard Disk Sentinel gives complete textual description, tips and displays/reports the most comprehensive information about the HDD inside the computer or in an external enclosure (USB / e-SATA). Many different alerts and report options are available to ensure maximum safety of your valuable data.
Disk status in Windows Explorer
View the current health status and used space in Windows
Explorer or in any other application, so you'll always know the
amount of used space for each partitions and the disk condition.
Information on demand
-Current hard disk temperatures and health can be displyed on the system tray, in a small status window and on the desktop itself. Average and maximum temperatures are logged for all hard disks and these informations are displayed in graphs for statistical purposes.
Hard Disk Hardware Testing
-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, internal buffer in the Short self test). The Extended self test also verifies the complete disk surface, finds and repairs all "weak" areas and re-allocates the possible bad sectors. This is not possible with the software-based disk surface scan methods (for example, by using scandisk).
-Hard Disk Sentinel logs all degradations in all SMART parameters. For example, if a new uncorrectable sector is found on your hard disk, you will be notified.
-Hard Disk Sentinel can make different kind of alerts upon different problems. It can execute various tasks (even external applications) in case of a problem. There is an option to send daily emails about current status.
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.
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 disks and type and usage informations about them so you cannot run out of space. Hard Disk Sentinel sends this information automatically in alert/status messages.
-It offers option to shut down the computer on failure, overheat or parameter degradation. This option can be used to prevent further data loss.
-Offers option to control the acoustic level of IDE/S-ATA hard disk. It is possible to increase performance or make the disks more silent. Unique feature: control the acoustic level of your external USB hard disk (if your USB enclosure is built around Cypress AT2+ chip).
-It offers option to synchronize the PC clock with an atomic clock via NTP (Network Time Protocol).
-In the Professional version, wide range of backup methods are available: to backup data to local computer, to a LAN server or to a remote FTP (or to a mail) server. It is even possible to use 3rd party tools to create archives or burn media. Hard Disk Sentinel can manage power status of remote computers in the network.
-System administrator account (in service mode, it is possible to use without administrator rights and without even user logged in)
-At least 10 megabytes of hard disk space
-Hard disk with ATA (IDE or Serial ATA/SATA II), SCSI, SAS communication interface.
-USB hard disks with Oxford, JMicron and Cypress AT2+ chips are supported.
Other type of external disks (USB or IEEE 1394) are NOT supported because the hard disk controller chip in the external enclosure does not support the detection of S.M.A.R.T. information.