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[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!
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. .
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.
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.
The information tab shows detailed information about the selected drive including controller, model, size, and much more!
The Logs tab shows any problems logged since the program was installed. Luckily everything looks good on my computer!
The Disk Performance tab allows you to see Read and Write performance of the selected drive.
Finally the Alerts tab shows any alerts for the selected drive the program has read that could be cause for alarm.
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.