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Giveaway of the day — HDDlife Pro

HDDLife is a real-time hard drive monitoring utility with alerts, malfunction protection and data loss prevention functions.
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User rating: 462 (94%) 29 (6%) 122 comments

HDDlife Pro was available as a giveaway on January 13, 2007!

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HDDLife is a real-time hard drive monitoring utility with alerts, malfunction protection and data loss prevention functions. This hard drive inspector is a proactive hard drive failure detection system which manages all of your hard drive risks.

Worried about hard drive failures? Get HDDLife - a real-time hard drive monitoring utility with alerts, malfunction protection and data loss prevention functions. This hard drive inspector is an advanced proactive hard drive failure detection system which controls all of your hard drive risks.

HDDLife uses S.M.A.R.T. technology, and works both for single PCs and large computer networks. S.M.A.R.T. technology was developed by hard drive manufacturers to accurately predict hard drive life span and prevent HDD malfunction.

HDDLife displays S.M.A.R.T. attributes in real-time and alerts the system administrator if particular hard-drive attributes exceed threshold values and are at risk. The system administrator can then backup data and/or replace endangered hard drives.

HDDLife loads on Windows start, compares new attribute values with the previous values and consumes absolutely no memory.

The program is extremely straightforward - no fundamental knowledge of PC or hard drive technology is needed whatsoever.

Zero failures during the last four years for the 100000+ hard drives monitored!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/2003/XP

Publisher:

BinarySense

Homepage:

http://www.hddlife.com

File Size:

4.55 MB

Price:

$29

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#122

Thanks for the freebie.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#121

Thanks for the nice program!!

Reply   |   Comment by butlimous  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#120

Thanks Advanced Specialist, comment #33 and 34, I appreciate the links. I will try those as I'm always open to suggestions. I do enjoy your comments and have found quite a few enlightning. :D

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit aka stephen  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#119

[...] HDDlife for Notebooks has all the features of HDDlife Pro. It helps not only to monitor hard disk health and temperature, but also to adjust the noise level, view the amount of free space, and find out how long a disk has been working. Of course, our unique JustNow and AnywhereView technologies are applied in HDDlife for Notebooks. They make the monitoring of hard disks very simple, quick and convenient. [...]

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day » HDDlife for Noteb  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#118

#116 - You mean the settings you can change in the options?
Sheesh.

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#117

this review is so good..was about to purchase it . thx for your review

Reply   |   Comment by custom laptops  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#116

I emailed the author about the SMART info and I got this:

It asks, but not any reports about problem with stress drives are known.

He didn't say anything on how often it asks.

Reply   |   Comment by MASA  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#115

Trovo questo software veramente utile! Ora posso tenere sotto controllo i due dischi fissi del mio pc in ogni momento.
Grazie Giveaway!!!
Roby by Italy

Reply   |   Comment by Roberto  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#114

#7 WROTE: "It looks as if all this software does is check the temperature of the drive. "
You are essentially right. I mean it does more than that, but temp is probably the only actually useful feature in the program.


#10 wrote: http://www.hddlife.com/HDDlife.exe is a Free download. Full Freeware. Same version number. 6.5 MB.
Yes, but if you look at the comparison chart, the free version is so crippled it can hardly even do anything. Most all of the features are gone or disabled in the free version of this program.


#15 WROTE: "This application is crap.
- I purchased and installed a new HDD from Seagate. Application showed 49% HDD life.
- I purchased a new second one from Seagate, 65% life
- then a new retail Maxtor, 68%
- Western Digital drives are correctly detected, I got 98% after 2 months of hdd use.

Well, that's pretty harsh, but you've got a point. I also found the %-age indicator meaningless. Not accurately portraying anything.
And also this program incorrectly identified the installed physical drives. Plus even though I disabled the default annoying warning SOUND, it STILL kept beeping and buzzing on me despite sound being disabled. So I had to quit out of the program after it kept Bleeping about one drive with low disk space every 10 minutes.


#16 WROTE: I’m guessing you need S.M.A.R.T. enabled on your mobo for this app to work? why not just heed your POST screens?
Yes, it uses SMART. And also this program said it could not provide temp status on one of my drives because temp was not supported.
SMART is on the drive itself, not (only) the mobo. But a reason to use this (not this program but *a* monitoring program) is because
POST only happens at boot up. Personally I have machines that stay up for 29 days... 10 days... 2 months... 15 days... etc. So you would
only get notified on Bootup and if you don't reboot for days or even weeks or months, then you might miss an event that might indicate
a drive is beginning to show signs of failure. So this type of program could provide continuous monitoring, and that would be one reason to run this instead of just relying on POST warnings.


#18 wrote: "How is this software supposed to be helpful? I installed it and it gives me the temperature which is nice as my laptop tends to heat up but I don’t understand what exactly it is supposed to be doing." - It's a program to improve your life by stimulating your brain and increasing your mental power by challenging your mind to figure out all that it does. That's why it is called "HDDLife" :) Oh, and also, it tells the temperature of your drives.


#31 wrote: "Hey number #15,....Get a life." -an HDD Life?

#36 WROTE: "I did a find for the MSI and it is not found."
-UGH. MSI's are the worst installers. .msi files are horrible. msi stands for Micro Soft Installer. They are slow. They are cumbersome. They put all kinds of crap and junk littering your registry. .msi files cannot be deleted because the uninstaller needs pieces of stuff that are in the original .msi file to uninstall a program and if you delete it then the uninstaller breaks. MSI files dump themselves into hidden places in your "application data" directory in your local settings folder, and msi files also put themselves or pieces of themselves into your C:\WINDOWS directory. msi files are a MESS. If any developers are reading this... 2 words for you: DO NOT EVER USE THE MSI INSTALLER! Ok, if you were paying attention, that's not 2 words, but you can probably think of 2 nice words that can be used to describe .msi files. ;-) --by the way, you made a very informative and useful post Ron/Rohn. Full of Good suggestions for the developers.



#53 WROTE The Advanced Specialist... Thanks for those comments. --You're welcome :-) And btw you were right. Your name showed as anonymous.

#65 Steve WROTE: "but what language is #27? anyone?" --Steve, that is ROMANIAN language. That's a fake post designed as a link-back to THEIR own site to fudge its popularity in search engines. Romania is the home of some of the most obnoxious spammers, annoying chat flooders, identity thieves, credit card fraud perpetrators, etc. Some organizations have blocked the IP NETBLOCKS of the entire country. Romania is known as harboring unscrupulous users and being rife with cybercrime. Here, you can just go read about it CBS NEWS for example: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/10/20/tech/main578965.shtml Even the Travel Advisories by the DEPARTMENT of STATE talk about creditcard fraud in ROMANIA. And the cybercrime problem and Romania is pretty well known See: http://www.crime-research.org/news/28.02.2005/994/ Don't ever buy/sell anything on ebay to or from Romania, or open emails or software from the .RO domain. And DONT CLICK on the SPAMMERS url. Don't feed the cockroaches. :)

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#113

*** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: ***

1. To activate the program, Read the README file and do what it says in there.

2. Aside from the README, there is often a program called "ACTIVATE.EXE" included in the download. RUN IT to activate the program.

3. When you run the activate program, Make sure you have internet access turned on and you have access so that it can 'talk' to the giveawayoftheday.com website. I believe it might need to phone home to confirm your activation. Make sure your firewall etc is not blocking anything.

4. If you still think it's not registered, not activated, or it still says TRIAL VERSION, or if it still says "nn days remaining", then QUIT out of the application program and open it again. If it's the type of program that minimizes to an icon near your clock (that area is called "the system tray") then you need to click that icon and exit that too. Sometimes just clicking the [X] box on the application window doesn't quit, it is just minimizing it. Make sure you QUIT out of it completely. Then open the program again.

5. If all else fails, REBOOT your computer and then check if it is Activated.

:-)

Try doing those before posting and see how it goes 1st. You'd be surprised how many problems a nice reboot will solve. :) Try it.

Reply   |   Comment by The Advanced Specialist  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#112

Thank you Randy. I think I got it.

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#111

To#109 u can uninstall it by clicking start/run/regedit/my_computer/HKEY_current_User/software/BinarySense
delete the (BinarySense) folder.hope this will help solve your problem please create backup or restored point before delete anything from registry.

Reply   |   Comment by randy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#110

I ended up uninstalling this program. It slowed down my computer quite a bit, and I think much of what it does can be replicated in smaller, more useful programs.

Reply   |   Comment by Karen Dean  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#109

To #103 (and #95), yes my HDD folder (setup part) has some other type of language on it too, just like you explained. Part is in English and the setup is some other language. It is messed up.I need to uninstall it but I cannot find any way to uninstall it. My control panel ,add/remove programs does NOT show that it is installed either! I have tried everything that I can think of. I just have 2 files on my desktop with no option to uninstall, anywhere? It does not open or work...nothing!! How can I get rid of this program?? Please help me figure this out!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

Thanks for this great app! Just recently found this site and i've already set this as my homepage, it's an awesome site!

This program works nicely for me, it reports 99% health for my new laptop and 50% for my main PC(alot of usage, although only a year old) and about 60% for my other comp(lesser usage, although 2 - 3 years old). The result looks accurate if you ask me.

Reply   |   Comment by Yoda  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#107

A joke indeed! Can't detect RAID drive's Temp/SMART status!

Reply   |   Comment by Anomaly  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#106

Complete Joke..seriously. Speedfan can do so much better and its Free.

Reply   |   Comment by Anomaly  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#105

"HDDLife loads on Windows start, compares new attribute values with the previous values and consumes absolutely no memory."

Unless it hooks itself to Windows shell, every program consumes memory.

Reply   |   Comment by mark  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#104

Greeeeeat Program.....once again, another great piece.

For all you dull guys going on about activation...run the activation, and if you could'nt work out how to do that, double click the readme, scroll down....you know how to that? NO? well let me show you again....


Great software, AND IT WORKS!!

Reply   |   Comment by Joash  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

Is this some kind of joke? I left comment #95 and am not kidding - the download I get is a file in Russian. Even on the hddlife.com website itself, the download from there is in Russian, too. There are links for an English, Russian and German version but when I click on the English link, it still is in Russian. Can someone please tell me what is going on here? I'm serious! Is everyone else's installation .exe an English version?

Reply   |   Comment by monkuboy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#102

It is not a GIVE AWAY ok! it is only a trial version! after 14days you must decide buying or to uninstall so what's the point downloading it.... .

Reply   |   Comment by randy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#101

You should be able to uninstall it using add or remove programs from your control panel

Reply   |   Comment by AnonymousD  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#100

I like the free softwares in this website. Of course not all todays is one of them. Can anyone help me how to uninstall this software, because i could not find uninstall option anywhere...

Reply   |   Comment by Anonymous  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#99

Thank you so much. I feel very comfortable about the condition of my PC and it is like reminding in time about your health condition to take prompt defensive action

Reply   |   Comment by L..Veeraraghavan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

I downloaded this HDD or so I thought. I can not even find the program to use it uninstall it.

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#97

I just downloaded the 'HDD' and all I get is this....
"The software for the Toshiba Hard Disk Password Utility is not compatible with this version of Microsoft Windows and will be disabled during the upgrade. You should uninstall this software for a more complete solution.

For more information about this software, or to obtain a version that runs on this version of Microsoft Windows, visit the manufacturer's Web site.

For a list of software supported by this version of Microsoft Windows, see the Microsoft Windows XP Compatibility List at http://www.microsoft.com."
I am a newbie as they say. What should I do?

Reply   |   Comment by Lynn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#96

Oops, forgot to leave my comments on it :P

As indicated above, the program *usually* only takes up the memory they claim it does, but honestly, if the theming's what's making it take up more memory, I say dump the theming. (I've already stating my feelings about theming... but also, the OS should do it, not the application.)

This is a sound program, as it does what it says it does, but honestly, it's just another program that reads S.M.A.R.T. information. It *seems* that you can tell it to stop monitoring temperature and such by putting those settings to 0hrs, 0mins, which I'm quite thankful for because I already have a temperature monitoring program that does more (and takes up less icon space). I do like that it can adjust the speed/noise setting.
What I don't like, though, is as someone else has stated: The percentages aren't self-explanatory, even though there are labels saying what the *current* percentages mean. For example, I have a drive at 58% and it says "EXCELLENT!" for the performance. Sure, maybe. But what if it was 50%? How far am I from a failing drive?

Well, another good giveaway. I think what I like the most about GotD is that the comments pointing to other software solutions don't get deleted ;>

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#95

This is very weird, but the setup.exe file is labeled in Russian! Can that be right? I've downloaded it several times from both the main and mirror site and get the same setup file. The activate.exe file works, as it connects to GOTD and says the software is activated but when I run the setup.exe file (unzipped), it doesn't run any installation program. Did something get hijacked? I'm not making this up! I've installed several other GOTD programs and never had a problem until today. What is up with that Russian file name??

Reply   |   Comment by monkuboy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#94

I would like to say that I have tested this program and found that it is very helpful and has saved me many hours of confidential data retrieval.
Have now replaced problem hard drive with new drive.

I give this tiny program 100%

Reply   |   Comment by Garth Tiller  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#93

Now that I've gotten this activated...

For those worried about the memory usage:
1MB to 3MB regular
13MB to 16MB if you are doing things with it (e.g. changing options).
You can check the memory usage by hitting CTRL+SHIFT+ESC (to bring up the Task Manager) and checking the Processes tab. (Look for HDDLifePro.exe.)

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#92

awesome program!! i've been wanting this!

Reply   |   Comment by arif  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#91

#8: A computer's SMART function (enabled via BIOS) tells you the same thing. In fact, a freeware for laptops (called NOTEBOOK HARDWARE CONTROL) has a function where it also monitors the SMART and tells you your hard disk information in real time... and the program itself also does more than just monitoring hard disks.

While I know the crew behind the fantastic GotD has worked hard to push out many good apps that I use now - like DAC, this Giveaway is sort of a letdown. I'll even prefer screensavers over this.

#8, if you can't read BIOS SMART messages when your computer boots up, I'll reconsider your flawed opinion.

Reply   |   Comment by antiwhire tork  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#90

#10: the freeware version barely tells you anything.

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#89

This program is excellent!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Joc  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#88

why does it say this is a free trial? i thought this was the full version. i did all i had to do.

Reply   |   Comment by tezz  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#87

Too many words don't explain in essence what this software truly does. The developer needs to explain the functionality in a better way. Does the software receive the SMART data from the HDD or it asks for it? If so, how many times does it do it? From my intuition excessive requests of SMART status may actually stress the drive even more, contributing to its decay sooner.
I also believe this application should have lighter, with less user controls, and a smoother and faster installer. I uninstalled it. I'll be glad to give it another try in the future, hoping the developer has taken care of all mine and other's suggestions. -bintrap

Reply   |   Comment by bintrap  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#86

Thanks, but my computer is to the point where it has too much loading into memory already. I see the note in the description that it consumes absolutely no memory...is that true or will this just be yet another thing slowing my system down? I do see where it could provide useful information.

Reply   |   Comment by John J.  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#85

Great!!!! tnx

Reply   |   Comment by Zenn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#84

I'm using this. Had no problem installing at all. Thank you, GOTD.

The only thing I wanted to mention if their people are reading this: I have one drive 100+GB and one extremely small drive. I think this second drive is where my restores are kept. It is always almost all full. Is there any way to *not* monitor this drive and *not* keep getting popup warnings except to set my free space level %s so low that it is useless for my big drive?

Reply   |   Comment by Lyn  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#83

Thank you!
This site is FANTASTIC!
After, there are @ optimal sw for Windows 32bit Platform (includes fabulos games, platform ecc.)

YOU ARE THE BEST.

Francesco, (Italy)

Reply   |   Comment by Francesco  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#82

Great tool, easy and usefull

Reply   |   Comment by Paolo  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#81

thanks so very much; what a great web-site!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Doc Smith  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#80

If #10 is right, it's kind of sad that they slapped a $30 tag on it and then offered this freeware to GOTD guys. Free stuff should not be promoted like this. If it the case that is.

Regaldless if it's a cheap trick from BinarySense or not, the program works well and does exactly what it says on the tin. I like simplicity and will surely keep it on 24/7.

The following paragraph is here only for those visitors who like to guess which language belongs where. The guys running GOTD might be excluded from this - I guess they speak my language judging from our nation's way of phrasing English... :-)

Cau vsichni Givaci! Snad vam budouci uspech nepreroste pres hlavu. Zatim delate neco fakt dost dobryho. Ojedinelost se taky pocita. Jen vydrzet! Jestli chcete dokoncit tech par poslednich oprav co se tady porad vali po vsech tech zmenach - zadarmo samozrejme - tak se klidne ozvete.

So? C'mon everyone, don't you just say "It's somewhere over in..." BE SPECIFIC! :-)

Reply   |   Comment by BlackBunny  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#79

For those who didn't like the giveawayoftheday...
Try this, it's freeware (not so funky but it does the job):
HDD Health v2.1 Build 159
http://www.panterasoft.com/

Reply   |   Comment by Tester  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#78

Thanks for this!
My Seagate ST3120026A 120GB has worked for a year and a half, health and performance are both 50%!
I wish I could have the option to change the noise/performance level though...
Its grayed out for me.

Unfortunately, it shows my 6-year-old-piece-of-crap-3-GB hard drive in the logical disks info as having 0 capacity and used space, and it doesn't show up in the drive tabs.
I don't care if it fails, I don't actually use it ;)

As for the can't activate comments,
Wait, I just thought of something...
*Starts working on something secret*

Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#77

#73 (GotD Team) - Not for me. I can't activate a single thing today. =/
I'll try again later...

Reply   |   Comment by Keilaron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#76

Activationfinally worked. Is it only a 14 day trial though?

Reply   |   Comment by Mary  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Nice, surely will try it out !
comment for Steve # 65 : I think the language of #27 is romanian.

Reply   |   Comment by Dibber  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#74

Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Oleg  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#73

#72: We had problems with our ISP. Sorry for this. Now everything works fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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