DCT Giveaway: Hard Disk Sentinel Professional

[message type=”info”]CONTEST HAS ENDED. Congratulation to our winners below and a BIG Thank you to HDSentinel for sharing these licenses with our winners!
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Dan Street
Greg Bryant
James Turner
Matthew Nunez
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*** Daves Computer Tips Exclusive ***

[important]HDSentinel has very kindly donated 20 ‘lifetime’ licenses for their excellent Hard Disk Sentinel Professional software for us to share with the DCT readers! This software normally sells for $35.00(US) but you now have a chance to win a free license simply by submitting a reply to this article! Contest rules available at the bottom of this post.[/important]

To enter for your chance to win a FREE license for Hard Disk Sentinel Pro simply submit a reply to this article with a comment. Replies can be anything, but we would prefer if you commented on Hard Disk Sentinel or previous drive experiences. Competition ends 00:01 (EST) July 5th, 2012. *If your comment doesn’t appear immediately it is because first comments must be approved. It will appear shortly!

It is definitely not compulsory, but it would be greatly appreciated if any Facebook account holders could visit the HD Sentinel Facebook Page and click on the “Like” button… thank you.

Every storage device has a finite lifespan – unfortunately – and the common hard drive and SSD are no exception to this rule. Fortunately for us both devices can be monitored for signs of failure using S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology) and everyone should have a tool to do so in their virtual tech toolbox. Hard Disk Sentinel is one of those tools.

HDSentinel’s software monitors the S.M.A.R.T. data, temperature, and performance of your drives and presents it in an easy to understand manor visually, or by email. Hard Disk Sentinel Professional also allows the user to run seek, surface, and extended tests on drives and, should conditions indicate a failing drive , perform an emergency backup of critical files! You can use Hard Drive Sentinel to find out the present condition of a drive in real time, or to monitor drive(s) over time which allows you to see drive conditions trends before a failure causes loss of data.

Hard Disk Sentinel (HDSentinel) is a multi-OS SSD and HDD monitoring and analysis software. Its goal is to find, test, diagnose and repair hard disk drive problems, report and display SSD and HDD health, performance degradations and failures. Hard Disk Sentinel gives complete textual description, tips and displays/reports the most comprehensive information about the hard disks and solid state disks inside the computer and in external enclosures.

Hard Disk Sentinel Professional

When you open Hard Disk Sentinel Professional you will see the main window, which will present an overview of all the drives installed on your computer along with temperature and health ratings from drives which provide that information. .

hard drive sentinel smart monitor

Clicking the Temperature tab will show temperature details for whichever drive you select in the left column. You can also set thresholds from here that will trigger notifications or perform other actions chosen by you.

hard drive sentinel smart temperature monitor

The following tab shows the raw S.M.A.R.T. data from the drive selected in the left column and allows you to ignore or adjust how the program uses the data.

hard drive sentinel raw smart data

The information tab shows detailed information about the selected drive including controller, model, size, and much more!

hard disk sentinel smart information

The Logs tab shows any problems logged since the program was installed. Luckily everything looks good on my computer!

hard drive sentinel smart logs

The Disk Performance tab allows you to see Read and Write performance of the selected drive.

smart data read write performance

Finally the Alerts tab shows any alerts for the selected drive the program has read that could be cause for alarm.

drive smart alerts

This is just a small sample of Hard Disk Sentinel’s features. In addition to the above it can conduct thorough self testing of drives, surface tests, seek time tests, emergency backup of critical files, and much much more! Hard Disk Sentinel Professional is suitable for both the common home user and serious computer tech. Easy to use. Easy to understand. What more can you ask of a tool that everyone should have in the tech toolbox?

To enter for your chance to win a FREE license for Hard Disk Sentinel simply submit a reply to this article with a comment. Replies can be anything, but we would prefer if you commented on Hard Disk Sentinel or previous drive experiences. Competition ends 00:01 (EST) July 5th, 2012. *If your comment doesn’t appear immediately it is because first comments must be approved. It will appear shortly!


  • Post one reply to this article. We would prefer if you commented on Hard Disk Sentinel or told us a little about yourself.
  • Comments must be posted before 00:01(EST) on July 5th, 2012. Any replies after the cut off will be deleted and will not count.
  • Post only one comment! Users who abuse this rule may have all replies deleted and be banned from the contest.
  • On July 6th, 20 replies will be chosen by random number generator as winners of 1 FREE license each.
  • Winners will be notified by email at the email address they used to comment – be sure to use a valid email that you check regularly.
  • Winners must claim their license within 14 days of receiving official notification. Unclaimed licenses after that time will be re-drawn.

**NOTE: The licenses are ‘lifetime’ – which means they support all future upgrades, also for free.

 Hard Disk Sentinel Professional is great software to add to your tech toolbox, so Good Luck to everyone and a big THANK YOU to HDSentinel software for allowing us to share this with our readers!

249 thoughts on “DCT Giveaway: Hard Disk Sentinel Professional”

    1. I’ve used this product for several months now and find it very useful, pity it can’t predict a failing PSU killing my data 😉

      I’ve also been recommending it to others online, it can be a very useful tool to detect potential (and real) problems.

  1. hi,
    it seems to be good program for hard disk…
    i am interested in using it…
    Please count my name in for the draw..
    thank you…:)

  2. Thanks Dave and H.D.S.for giveaway I am currently using standard version
    and find it works really well, I would luv upgrade to Pro so count me in

  3. Mohammad Wasiullah

    Thanks for giveaway HDD sentinal is very good software for me and need this because just few days my 1 HDD has been creating problem and this is the best solution
    Thanks count me in

  4. Hi, I would love this software as I previously loss a huge amount of data such as photos as a result of hard disk going corrupt. I am sure that this software will be able to help me monitor my hard disk’s health. I would really appreciate it if i’m given this software and am thankful to Dave for organizing this giveaway

  5. Daimon Catizone

    I have Ashampoo HDD Control 2…It works OK. I’d love to try Hard Disk Sentinel Pro. It looks like it is more complete than HDD Control. I’m an intermediate computer user…I do artwork with Painter & Cintiq. Thankx, Daimon~

  6. good software – now i use Hard Disk Sentinel and i like it/ but i want use legal programm – i need this key

  7. The free version is good, a free license for the Pro version would be even better.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. It seems that the use of this program, a lot of functions for checking and testing our drive.

  9. Everyone should be prepared for a hard drive failure. It is not a matter of “if” it will happen, but rather, when it will happen. Diagnostic tools are the best way to see potential problems and possibly prevent failure of the device. This application looks like a great addition, especially to the more technical computer users.


  10. Hey Dave,
    Thanks for bringing us this giveaway.

    I have experienced a sudden death of my IDE HDD earlier. It was really shocking as it was working fine (according to me) a night before.

    Unfortunately I was never able to recover data from it.

    As I read HD Sentinel looks very promising in reporting and accessing drives health. Interesting thing is that it also helps recovering.

    I would appreciate if u could count me in, and yeah wish me luck!!


  11. Good day. I must say that this software looks great. It provides in depth detail of the hard drive, and is very user friendly – indicating which parameters are checked and are OK or need attention. Furthermore, the temperature indicator is very handy and I like the rich history and information that is available for most of the tabs. This is indeed a very handy tool! Thanks for this article 🙂

  12. I think Hard Disk Sentinel Professional will be a nice addition to my HD applications

  13. Mark Harrington

    For me I have an old PC Compaq Presario with an AMD 3400+ processor and I use my HD alot. I would like a program that can help me see and maintain my aging HD and this seems better than alot I have seen and used. Presently I have O&O LED on my PC but it seems too…little in info for me and this program your offering as a prize sems to get more in depth and I like that. I would love and use this if I got it and hopefully it will extend my HD life a bit more so to speak.

  14. This is an excellent program, tells you what you need to know about your disks health and performance, needs to be on every computer.

  15. This is a good program to monitor your hard disk before failure. Backup is a must before it occur.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. I have lots of power outages and usually get my OS files scrabled or develope hard drive errors. It would be a great use to me to help monitor the health of my hard drive. Nothing else outthere does all that HD Sentinel does in one package. It would be a welcomed addition.

  17. As my computer(s) run 24/7, it would be great to have a monitoring software installed, Mindblower!

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