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Giveaway of the day — Hard Disk Sentinel Standard 4.60

Spot potential problems before they result in an irrecoverable data loss.
$19.50 EXPIRED
User rating: 229 (93%) 17 (7%) 45 comments

Hard Disk Sentinel Standard 4.60 was available as a giveaway on February 22, 2016!

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Detect Hard Drive Issues Before Catastrophe Strikes. With Hard Disk Sentinel, you'll always have a complete overview of your hard disk drive's health, so you can spot potential problems before they result in an irrecoverable data catastrophe. Hard Disk Sentinel is your key to identifying, testing, diagnosing, and repairing hard drive problems, even with Solid State Drives.

With Hard Disk Sentinel, you can instantly see reports detailing the total health of your drive, including temperature, self-monitoring data, transfer speeds, and more. Any deviation in these factors could be an early warning sign of impending drive failure! Hard Disk Sentinel also works on hard disks that are being used in external USB or e-SATA enclosures and RAID controllers. No need to use separate tools to verify internal hard disks, external hard disks, SSDs, disks in RAID arrays as these are all included in a single software. If your data is important, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Hard Disk Sentinel today!

System Requirements:

Windows 95/ 98/ 98 SE/ ME/ NT4/ 2000/ XP/ 2003/ 2008/ Vista/ 7/ Home Server/ 2012/ 8/ 8.1/ 10; Pentium or compatible CPU; 64 MB of system memory; HD: 30 MB

Publisher:

Hard Disk Monitoring

Homepage:

http://www.hdsentinel.com/hard_disk_sentinel.php

File Size:

23.3 MB

Price:

$19.50

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Downloaded and installed easily. Have Windows 7, 64-bit. Registered to Giveawayoftheday. Says my disk status is perfect, performance and health are both 100% excellent. hmphh. almost sounds too good.

Reply   |   Comment by la  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

you guys have to learn to work w/shoddy sites like sometimes. For example, tonight i too did not receive a link to my email, so i went the social route, and wah-lah, all was good w/the world. Now since i just beat the deadline and havent been on this site in years, it still has the same underpinnings. If you need help just holler, it's a easy walkthru, trust me.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I downloaded and installed this program yesterday and played around with it on and off since and I am truly impressed with just how informative it is. It is a great program to have on your computer. Highly recommended!! Thanks GOTD and Hard Disk Sentinel.

Reply   |   Comment by Hughjocapivvy  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

All you people with problems everyday on giveawayoftheday must either have a piece of crap computer or don't have a clue how to use it ! I've been using products from here for along time and have never had any problems with any of them !! Just follow the instructions !!

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

Tried to install on two different machines. Where the link on the GOTD page was live, it downloaded and installed without a problem. Where the link goes to another window and asks for your email address, the link sent in the email only validates the GOTD offer and runs the activation routine, but the actual software setup does not follow. So it appears the problem is a bad link when sent via email. Can't install something that isn't there.

Reply   |   Comment by GregCNJ  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

GregCNJ
did you run the set up as per directions? any programs that block lists that are so big that you have to allow this site to pass thru, or admin mode is required perhaps? i never know the level of experience of users on this site or any other.

wonder if ashraf is still here, or on his own site still.

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Easy to install, and it spotted that although both my drives are 100% healthy they're only working at 67% performance because they're only operating in UDMA 2 mode (33 Mbytes/sec) whereas they're both capable of UDMA 5 (100 Mbytes/sec). Its suggesting that I could improve this by replacing my old 40 way IDE cable with a modern 80 way (didn't know they existed, will have to look into that tomorrow). It also spotted that my well travelled portable usb drive has several hundred bad sectors and is generally in poor shape, and will probably require replacing soon - suggests backing it up frequently until I do.
All in all, a very useful program which offers some sound advice.

Reply   |   Comment by Tinks  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Q1. How do you remapp failing (or bad) sectors with HDS Pro?

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I have read [http://www.hdsentinel.com/hard_disk_sentinel.php?page=requirements] and the pages linked to this page.

Q2. is it ever going to be possible to use HDS Pro or Enterprise with Network Attached Storage devices that use 2 or more HDD's at the one time (are you in discussion with any of the NAS Manufacturers regards "... detection of hard disk status (S.M.A.R.T.) information ...")?

Q3. As a work around to the NAS problems: is it possible to remove each drive from an NAS unit and test them separately with HDS Pro?

Many thanks in anticipation of a reply

Reply   |   Comment by Peter Crosby  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Why is there nothing in ideas or feedback?

Reply   |   Comment by truthmonger  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

This is a great program. Download no problem, installed great, easy to read and understand. What I like, it reads all the drives including the USB drives. I thought one of my USB drives was acting up, and it is. My E drive is bad...good for another 55 days and Health at 23% (this is my backup drive). Also, in Windows Explorer, Hard Disk Sentinel Standard 4.60 puts a red or green dot next to the drive. This gives me time to save the data, and start shopping for a new one.

Perfect timing GOTD !!!

Reply   |   Comment by Crazy Denny  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

It happened again...same as yesterday gave my email for the download link - I downloaded and tried to install but only received a Giveaway Activation splash screen - No software installed anyone had a similar issue???

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Dave
Occasionally, Zemana Antilogger used to do this to me. If you still have Zemana installed, check its quarantine list and see if it has blocked the installer. If so, unblock it.

Reply   |   Comment by David H  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

The program recognizes the two hard drives as being mounted in my computer but does no analysis on them.
These drives (a Western Digital and a Seagate) are 6 to 9 years old.
It does recognize (as a hard drive) and analyze a year-old USB external drive just fine.
It recognizes my other USB external (6 years old) as a "logical drive" but does not analyze it.

Is the program refusing to analyze those drives because they are older?
If so, it makes the program fairly useless to me. It's the health of older drives that needs checking.

Reply   |   Comment by Michael Largey  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+21)

Michael Largey
Some BIOS's have a setting to enable/disable disk drives SMART reporting, if yours has such a BIOS and SMART reporting is disabled, as is sometimes the BIOS default setting for maximum performance, then it is likely windows based tools will be unable to read SMART variables. HTH

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Michael Largey
Hi Michael, it doesn't seem age related, just tried it out on a 13 year-old Dell Inspiron 8600 and it worked fine, found a few issues but still rated health excellent at 93% They don't make Dells like they used to! Maybe your antivirus or firewall is interfering with the program? Just a wild guess.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I remember Norton Utilities had a hard disk analyzer that scanned each sector of the hard drive for read/write errors and, if found, attempted to fix it. What it was supposed to do was move any data from bad sector to good sector. Of course it never worked and they did away with it around the time Win95 rolled around.
The best hard drives in the world fail eventually - BACKING UP is the best hard drive utility around.

Reply   |   Comment by Frk040  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I have a bootable SD system disk. Would this program be of any use to someone running an OS from a SD drive instead of a hard disk?

Reply   |   Comment by SonnyDJ  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)

I've been using this software for a couple of years and like it very much. Works perfectly on my windows 10 box. I definitely recommend it.

Reply   |   Comment by Injeun  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

It's worthwhile to install Hard Disk Sentinel & run it periodically to *maybe* detect problems early. It's important to note however that while detected problems are real, & something you should pay attention to, a clean [or relatively clean] bill of health from Hard Disk Sentinel doesn't really mean anything more than that it doesn't detect a problem -- Not that problems don't exist...

We have one drive that had/has become very slow for both read & write operations, so it was pulled from duty as a system drive & is now used for a redundant copy of backup archives. Hard Disk Sentinel gave & gives it passing marks.

I had a drive fail last year... Problems 1st surfaced with files copied to it sometimes being corrupted & useless. It progressively got worse until it was a race to get anything salvageable copied off the drive before it died completely [didn't make it but came pretty close]. Before, during, & *after*, Hard Disk Sentinel indicated it was fine.

Now while in those two cases HDS was no help at all, at other times it has helped by detecting a drive that was starting to go bad. It's also useful to check the S.M.A.R.T. data from external drives -- USB 3.0 seems to have all but killed off PC eSATA support, meaning that among other things you can't get real time temperature readings. S.M.A.R.T. data at least tells you if it has been getting too hot.

As far as HDS repairing drives, personally I tend to use software from the drive manufacturer, as running that software is usually a prerequisite for RMAing the drive [getting authorization to return it under warranty]. And the software from Western Digital for example may indeed repair it.

Backing up is also something I handle myself, though HDS Pro can do that for you if you prefer. The standard version can do benchmarks... In that regard I'm usually more concerned with SSDs, & their benchmark figures [for both advertising & comparison] are often the result of particular software run a certain way. A real world test like HDS offers will likely not match, so while it is useful, it might not tell you if an SSD is performing in spec.

Again, HDS is worthwhile -- the software has a good, solid track record -- but do take the claims made in its ad copy with a grain of salt. When it says: "... it can be effectively used to prevent HDD failure" it doesn't add in specific but limited circumstances, e.g. if a drive's overheating & you fix that.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+40)

mike
We have one drive that had/has become very slow for both read & write operations, so it was pulled from duty as a system drive & is now used for a redundant copy of backup archives. Hard Disk Sentinel gave & gives it passing marks.

According to the information I can find on the Internet hard drives do not change their speed with age; possibly that's why the program gave it passing marks.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

mike
Why mess around with a questionable, or possibly failing, hard drive, when new ones are so cheap, faster and larger?

Reply   |   Comment by JJ  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

mike
According to most of the big HD users like Backblaze or Google, temperature doesn't matter much as long as it stays within operating range.but here's Backblaze's take on best S.M.A.R.T. parameters to watch for.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-smart-stats/

Consensus seems to be that vibration and number of starts are big influences on drive life.

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

JJ
"Why mess around with a questionable, or possibly failing, hard drive, when new ones are so cheap, faster and larger?"

Assuming it's for personal rather than biz use, & in no particular order:

I'm both cheap & broke.

It's more Eco-friendly to avoid replacement & disposal if or when possible.

New drives seem to have a failure rate of 15-50% depending on brand/model based on newegg reviews. I don't really trust a drive until it reaches the 1.5 month mark -- those that aren't DOA seem to fail during the 1st 30 days if they're going to. That's a hassle I like to avoid.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Godel
Worked on a small ship around Cape Horn for five years, lots of vibration and high G forces but never had a hard drive failure on any of the drives on the ship.
Only hard drive failure ever had was caused by static which fried the electronic controls on the drive.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed fine on XP. Easy to read interface leading to lots of useful info. A keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by Col T  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Best in class with strong developer support. Nice tool, but I don't let it start w/Windows. Using it periodically satisfies me. Already too many programs auto-start unnecessarily.

Reply   |   Comment by Sherri  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Downloaded,installed and (self)activated with no problems on Win7 machine. After a quick look see I must say I am impressed. Much information is presented here in a clean easy to read interface. The configuration tab lets you customize it to suit your own needs. I especially like the option to alert you when certain self defined things happen i.e. heat or fault issues. It will even shut down/back up a failing drive when it reaches a certain point. Overall ,as I said earlier, I'm impressed. A keeper for sure. Thank you GAOTD and to the developers for this fine software.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)

An good (and free) alternative: https://hddguardian.codeplex.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Godoy  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

This is a fine piece of Hard Disk monitoring software. It was installed in a Windows 7 x64 PC with no problems, which happens to be more than 1 year old.

If your laptop or PC is from 2015 to the present time, you might first want to check if your hardware is supported in the latest v4.71 version, as today's offer may not be for you.

The release notes for v4.7.1 is found here: http://www.hdsentinel.com/revision.php

While today's version is 4.60 and is from January 2015, it still offers a wealth of protection, especially for older systems that should be monitored more often.

Release notes for todays version can be found here: http://www.hdsentinel.com/revision460.php

Thanks GOTD and Hard Disk Sentinel for today's offer, a keeper for sure since my PC is old and slow.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)

I was unable to download using either a chrome based or an IE based browser. Third time this has happened in the past two weeks.

Reply   |   Comment by Builder  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Builder
Make sure your system clock is correct, as that can prevent downloads from occurring.

For the current time and onset/offset of your PC's time clock, simply visit: http://www.time.is

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

arttronics
My system clock is perfect. The download failed using Opera as well. I removed all secrutiy protection, still failure. It happened on two desktops running Win7 Pro. I have used the older version of HDS since it came out.

Reply   |   Comment by Builder  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Builder
It sounds like you have a Windows Group Policy that is set to prevent downloads, perhaps done by a 3rd party software which might have been removed from your PC, but the settings were not reversed.

If that is the case, then I have an idea that might work for you. Download and install the free version of the famous "CryptoPrevent" by Foolish IT here: https://www.foolishit.com/cryptoprevent-malware-prevention/

Of the 5 protection modes you can use with this free edition, choose:

"Maximum Protection + Program Filtering (BETA)"

Choose "Yes" to whitelist your system as it is right now when you see the next prompt.

A status message of "Refreshing Group Policy" will be seen. Once that's over, you will need to reboot so settings stick.

After the reboot, open CryptoPrevent again and this time choose for protection level:

"None - Remove all protections."

Again, do another reboot so setting stick. This will reset "Group Policy" settings to it's default value, thus any previous modified values done by other 3rd party protection softwares are a thing of the past.

Try to download todays GOTD offer again, and hopefully all is well. No matter the outcome, you can decide to keep the CryptoPrevent protection or not, it's up to you.

Good luck in finding the "Download not working" bug.

Reply   |   Comment by arttronics  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

arttronics
Thanks for the suggestion. Alas, it didn't work. Download still failed with Iron (Chrome based) and Maxthon (IE based).

I have no trouble downloading from any other site. Nor with installing. And the problem is not consistent even with GOTD as sometimes I am able to download and install. Just not with some products.

Reply   |   Comment by Builder  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Add SSD trim features

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

gwlawson
That's built into Windows 7-10.

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

gwlawson
HD Sentinel has built-in tests to see if TRIM is enabled/working. This is important, because TRIM can be enabled but NOT working, as I learned when I first installed Hard Disk Sentinel 4.60 in 2015.

The solution: update the SSD driver. The FAQ and the "Driver Zone" page on www.hdsentinel.com explained the problem and provided a list of known good drivers. The developer, via email, suggested the best driver choice for my particular hardware and generously offered detailed guidance, following up to make sure things were working properly. Excellent software and outstanding support.

relevant FAQ: http://www.hdsentinel.com/faq.php#trim
Driver Zone page: http://www.hdsentinel.com/driverzone.php

Reply   |   Comment by Stephen  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Installed cleanly on Win10HE, has a decent user interface, and is a lightweight (low system resource drain) disk monitoring tool.

I would however had preferred this be the freeware edition, and the Pro edition that is more useful and can be a portable, be the "Standard" edition.

Reply   |   Comment by Casper  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

Thank you for the including this GREATprogram. Program is working on 100%.

Reply   |   Comment by Jirimi  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

This is an excellent program, powerful and reliable. It has a bit more oomph than its freeware competitor, Crystal Disk Info. Quick and easy install, too.

Reply   |   Comment by David J Wilson  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Setup both installs and registers the program; a clean and pleasing interface on opening.

The display presents in a clear manner a huge amount of data about your hard drive, much of which I am unfamiliar with but it looks like learning will be interesting.

The display of disk activity something that would have been a great help a few months ago when I was getting 100% disk activity. The cause was a combination of Skype and Flash which took a lot of time to understand as to why.

The one function I would have liked to have seen is information about which program using the disc and where it is reading and writing.

Looks like he could be useful when problems start to arise and so I'll be keeping it.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

XP-Man
The Task Manager can display disk-usage info, by displaying the columns of I/O Reads and I/O writes. If this is not enough, the columns Page Faults and PF Delta can help find disk accesses arising from excessive memory usage. Process Explorer does it even better.

Reply   |   Comment by Harry M  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

Harry M
Thanks, but I prefer information presented graphically; when I had my problem one of the tools I used was SysResources Manager because of its graphical presentation of read and write hard drive operations.

Also used was "Activity Indicator" from:-
https://sourceforge.net/projects/activityindicat/

Plus "What's my computer doing" from:-
http://www.itsth.com/en/produkte/Whats-my-computer-doing.php?fromwmcd

Both the above are free and helped me find out which program was causing the problems; because of this was able to narrow it down to Flash and an update rectified the problem.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

XP-Man
Sysinternal Process Monitor is able to track one or more processes disk activity and tell you what it is trying to do and if it succedes or fails.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

TK
True, but I was finding the more sophisticated programs were giving me too much information.
The two links I have given gave more limited information that made it easier to analyse.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  5 months ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
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