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Giveaway of the day — Ashampoo HDD Control 2.10

Ashampoo HDD Control prevents potential disk failures and crashes.
$19.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 215 (42%) 301 (58%) 29 comments

Ashampoo HDD Control 2.10 was available as a giveaway on June 24, 2015!

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Ashampoo HDD Control prevents potential disk failures and crashes. It performs hard disk maintenance for you. The program notifies you in a case of possible disk failure, so your valuable data won`t be lost. What`s more, you will be able to restore accidently deleted files and folders.

Key features:

  • Background guard continuously monitors status, performance and temperature;
  • In-depth explanations and information on context-sensitive help;
  • Displays all current SMART files with detailed explanations;
  • Able to export reports for support purposes;
  • Fully configurable temperature monitoring available in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 (x32/x64); 512 MB RAM; Hard Drive Space: 45 MB

Publisher:

Ashampoo GmbH & Co

Homepage:

https://www.ashampoo.com/en/usd/pin/0165/system-software/Ashampoo-HDD-Control-2

File Size:

17.3 MB

Price:

$19.99

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#14

I think folks are sometimes unfair to Ashampoo especially regarding "pushing products". The following points are often overlooked:

1. With a new release, the previous version generally becomes free.
2. All their software you use is logged onj their site with the activation serial numbers. Great when you forget to keep a note of it or can't find it when you need to re-install. Just log in and there you go.
3. A plus, during installation, is the default option for accompanying offers of software is set as "No" not sneakily set as "Yes" as some prog developers do.
4 It's easy to decline the offer of information emails. Just opt out. Remember to do this with each new product you download.

Just saying!

Reply   |   Comment by bill  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

Downloaded and unpacked program. Started installation on Windows XP, SP3, (I already have a similar program on my laptop) but it failed after entering Licence code and pressing activate now. Message pops up 'Could not call proc.'

Never had a problem installing any other AShampoo program. No point in trying it on the laptop (Windows 8.1) because the system requirement box at the start of the installation says AShampoo HDDControl 2 only works on Operating System: Windows® XP, Windows Vista® (32bit/64bit), Windows® 7 (32bit/64bit), even though it clearly says on the offer page, above the comments, that the system requirements are Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8 (x32/x64).

Given up, and installed Hard Disk Sentinel instead - works perfectly.

Reply   |   Comment by Leph  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#12

Dual-boot here! Installed on both of my physical partitions (Win 8.1.3 & Win 10 Build 10130) Installed & registered with no problem. It was nice to see a program report only very minimal, insignificant problems were detected - NO scare tactics. Just a little heat problem - nothing a few ice cubes won't help (not for the computer, just for my drink I'll have later - lol) Thanks to Ashampoo & GOTD today - this one is a keeper, will work with the program & report later - cu tomorrow HAGD

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#11

I'm PC Tech and have seen all kinds of HD troubles, believe me the temperature is in last place for prediction of a failure.

In most cases, the problem is in the wear and tear of the main axle sleeves, bearings, misalignment of heads, banding of the platters and head crashes (touching or scraping on the platters). Also the installation of the HD drive itself is very important, vertical installed HD drives are more stable than the horizontal drives do to gravity action on the platters and the speed of the motors, the higher the speed the more friction is created, HD drives running at 5400 RPM can outlast 7200 RPM HD drive 2:1 and the lost of performance is very small.

The temperature rises after the fact (the damage is already done) and you are in recovery mode which means you should shut the computer at once, wait to cool off, and start immediate copy of the most important files, warning, DO NOT ATTEMPT to do whole drive back up after restart, you will lose everything.

Important note: the temperature raises every time the HD heads can not find a sector(s) and are searching the whole platter (firmware bug in most HD drives) and going into endless loop with constant jumping from random sector to random sector for long time.

Reply   |   Comment by Sergey  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Thank you, Sergey, for your very informative comment.

Regards,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#10

I had a paid for, fully licensed, version of their burning studio, and got continuous pop ups, & spammed to death, for a program that told me all of the time I'd try to use it that the brand new disks I was trying to use were either not big enough (4.7 GB dvd-rw's for 1-2 gb burns!), or that they were no good. Caveat emptor, unless you like adware!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike OD  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

A bit of promotional email from a legitimate company is NOT a problem.
The big problem is the phone calls from someone claiming to find you a better interest rate on your credit card - or the other one that offers a supposed free $900.00 bonus for flying WestJet.

That is SPAM - and those sphincters won't honor any "do not call" requests..

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#9

Tried this and uninstalled. Installed fine on my Win7 Pro. Good interface BUT I couldn't see how to disable the features, especially the polling of the SMART values (I think). My HD was constantly reading/writing with this installed and probably wearing out the drive! Had to remove. Too bad.

Reply   |   Comment by RangerGord  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#8

All this paranoia about Ashampoo Spam mail. You can opt out of these in the "Service Channel", and through your Ashampoo online account. I don't push their software. I have used some of their products for about 15 years now and don't receive any so called Spam.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#7

I have some decent software from Ashampoo. They send frequent offers of programs, but I don't consider it spam (and I get plenty of real spam). You can tell from the amount visible in the mail list whether it is something you want to open, so you can usually tell if you want to delete it before opening it. I have not used this program.

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

"I have some decent software from Ashampoo."

Same here.

"They send frequent offers of programs... You can tell from the amount visible in the mail list whether it is something you want to open..."

The title of the e-mail usually tells you what the offer is for -- I delete all but the one's I have & am considering updating/upgrading. Normally if I'm patient I'll eventually get an offer for a low price I'm willing to pay.

"I have not used this program."

I have version 2 installed from 9/30/2013 -- not sure yet what if any difference between that & today's 2.1. I put the services on Manual, it takes up ~45MB, & I think I've used it a few times, but not more than that.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#6

Even turning off the service channel on ashampoo stuff is not enough to stop getting intrusive bombardments of adverts. Ashampoo do have one or two good products but the constant emails and pop ups in the software is enough to put you off.

Reply   |   Comment by Mittie Goon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

1 No, no, no! Who can't "afford" a free (!) secondary email address just for registrations (with fake data!)? I erase these more or less spam emails every year twice. (After I encountered several silly mails from criminals and even Nigeria Connection, I just changed address.) But it's honourable to send "registrators" a stop-answer if possible. There is enough superfluous internet traffic anyhow.

2 By the way I use Ashampoo Burning Studio as my main burning program.

3 Who thinks they can earn their living by giving away their latest software for free? It's not spyware/malware sponsored by some big country's government or fully paid via some hidden military account. It's an Western European (German) enterprise and according to legislation should be without backdoor etc.!

4 I prefer an older software giveaway without time restrictions to those prolonged demos from other enterprises! I don't even bother to install time restricted ones. I'd like to know how others think about this!

Reply   |   Comment by FrancisBorne  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

"I prefer an older software giveaway without time restrictions to those prolonged demos from other enterprises! I don’t even bother to install time restricted ones. I’d like to know how others think about this!"

FWIW I agree.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#5

Never had used this one . I already have 'Hard Disk Sentinel Standard' and 'Hard Drive Inspector' installed . Both are very good.

Among Freeware One can keep following Programs in this category-

1) CrystalDiskInfo - http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
( portable version available at http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/crystaldiskinfo_portable)

2)HDDScan - http://hddscan.com

3) DiskCheckup by Passmark - http://www.passmark.com/products/diskcheckup.htm

4)EASIS Drive Check - http://www.easis.com/easis-drive-check.html

5)HDD Guardian - https://hddguardian.codeplex.com/

6)GSmartControl - http://gsmartcontrol.sourceforge.net/home/

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+71)

I am not sure whether the KEY will still work or not but the links are still valid . Perhaps HD SENTINEL are still giving away the version 4.20 .

Download the full version license key using the official direct link*:
http://www.hdsentinel.com/license/4.20/hdsentinel.key

Download Hard Disk Sentinel Pro 4.20:

http://www.hdsentinel.com/hdsentinel_pro_setup420.zip

Reply   |   Comment by Jahid  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+47)

@Jahid
link and key are working,
many thanx

Reply   |   Comment by ac2  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

HD sentinel working for me so thank you for the link Jahid

Reply   |   Comment by Michael W  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Thanks Jahid, both working, much appreciated :)

Reply   |   Comment by Cari  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I don't seem to have the correct program to open the key. I just re-installed Windows 7 a few days ago and seem to be lacking something. Any idea what I need to open the key?

Reply   |   Comment by mcleod55  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

@mcleod55
You can open the file with Notepad.
But why you want open the file? Put it in the HDSentinel installation folder and then run the program.
Why complicated if it can be easy.

Reply   |   Comment by Wurkupumpel  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#4

This is an older program. That is the Ashampoo way to give some thing old in hopes of selling some thing new. But I am not saying this is wrong. All of the publishers are here to promote their products and to sell them. Besides if you have an older computer you don't need the latest and greatest.

Before we get all of the spam claims let me tell you how to deal with it. Unfortunately Ashampoo automatically subscribes you to a few news letters when you install a program. Simply log into your Ashampoo account. Select "Settings". Then deselect all of the emails you do not wish to receive. Very easy to do. Thank you GOTD team and Ashampoo GmbH & Co.

Reply   |   Comment by gpc111  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)
#3

Permanent HDD monitors do consume some resources. They can be useful but are not foolproof, won't guarantee you'll catch a crashing disk in time.

The best policy for preventing loss of data or even the whole system, from any cause and not just HDD failure, is regular backup on an external USB drive.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

"The best policy for preventing loss of data or even the whole system, from any cause and not just HDD failure, is regular backup on an external USB drive."

True enough. Data can often be backed up at the same time you save it, e.g. syncing to an account in the cloud like OneDrive, Dropbox, Amazon etc. When it comes to backups, it takes longer to process files/folders, so I've found it faster over the years to simply do a disk/partition image backup, regardless how much of that is redundant. It's also extra protection in case of mal-ware.

Far as USB external drives go, USB 3.0 is OK [2.0 is too slow & can be trouble prone for very large files], but eSATA if you can manage it is better. External cases with fans are often cheap on sale [often cheaper than USB 3.0], & eSATA speeds are the same as the SATA used with/for internal drives.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#2

Unfortunately, Ashampoo got bad reputation of "spamish" e-mails. So for me the freeware HDD Health is still the way to go
http://panterasoft.com/hdd-health/

Reply   |   Comment by Adif  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+42)

I had a previous version (2.00) installed, and I didn't find it very usefull - perhaps because it seems outdated. If I should install such a monitor, it would be the new version with a bit og features. However, I allways goes back to my own slightly outdated way - MooO's System Monitor is portable and very customable and freeware. Be carefull, how many tasks you add, if you worry about resourses. Thanks for the offer - but no thanks today.

MooO Software -> System Monitor : http://www.moo0.com/

PS. Nice share, Adif :)

Reply   |   Comment by Allan  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+36)
#1

Installed and registered without problems on a Win 8.1.3 Pro 64 bit system. Ashampoo typical addons...

About Ashampoo is written enough, a German company with all legal information.

As usual, Ashampoo gives for free old versions. This one is from July 2012. Ashampoo introduced a new version 3 in March 2015.
It is called HDD control, but it has a build in defragger, drive cleaner, shredder and "restoring deleted" files, a more or less complete "toolbox".

http://i.imgur.com/8tAIsZ9.png

This means... to much tasks and SERVICES! for just monitoring a HDD, the additional tasks are not specialized enough. As a HDD monitor it is overpowered, takes too much resources.

If you want to install and use it, than look for the additional installed and running services. If you have a working defrag program, than DISABLE the Ashampoo service (which uses with an old DLL (2010) the windows defrag module), you will go into troubles, due to different defragmentation strategies.

I have very private opinion of "monitoring" S.M.A.R.T values all the day long. In my opinion it is useful, not to have every background running, you could get. Looking at temperature and the S.M.A.R.T values from time to time (I'll do it about once a week) should be sufficient to detect coming problems.

Uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+132)

"Looking at temperature and the S.M.A.R.T values from time to time (I’ll do it about once a week)"

If it's of interest, the free CPUID HWMonitor provides hard drive temps [along with all its other info]. Personally I find that aspect useful when using external eSATA drives.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+17)

karl, I wouldn't call that list of functions complete, I think it is lacking a drive sector regenerator/forced remapper for when the SMART cerrent pending variable has detected an errored sector read that ECC cannot correct. That function is often critical in getting a reboot cycling machine back up and running enough to transfer valuable data to a new drive. In fact tracking current pending variable change in real time during a session, figuring out what sectors gone bad and what file or part of the file system is damaged due to the lost sector should be the whole point in preventing loss of valuable data and reboot loops because windows does not report read or write errors during the early boot process, but just reboots again and again until someone force re-maps the sector offline so it can be read again even if the data it held has now become garbage... most times it will then allow a boot to complete and possibly windows file protection to replace the corrupted booot file.

just monitoring SMART non-stop is a stress on the drives as it prevents the drives entering the deeper power saving modes too, as well as wasting electricity for no real gain in performance or reliability.

IMHO if the data on a computer is important or the machines operation is in any way crucial a RAID system with true redundancy built in and hot swappable drives and background re-building of replaced damaged array drive is the better solution, plus regular data backups and periodic system image backupss say every couple of months or when a significant system change occours is infinitly more sensible than any SMART tracking tool.

I can vouch for CPUID HWMonitor as a simple free way to check that the cooling system on a computer is still working as it should and does not need a good clean out yet...

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
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