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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*** 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. .

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.

 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!

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

  1. Interesting stuff. I wish I’d had something like it twenty years ago when my first 40MB drive when belly up. Back then it wasn’t a questin of if your drive would fail, but when.

  2. Thank you for this opportunity to win license of Hard Disk Sentinel Pro. I have tested this software in trial version and I am very satisfied of its functionality, clear information about drives and because of many option. Great soft!

    Please count me in!



  3. I can see this would be a great tool for anyone using a computer regularly, as they say to be
    forewarned is to be forearmed.

    Thanks guys

  4. Hi, I currently don’t have anything like the HD Sentinel Pro program, I would LOVE to Win this free license for this. That would be SOOOO AWESOME!
    Thanks so much for the chance!

  5. Robert LaValle

    I found the article very interesting on the Hard Disk Sentinal and as you stated I do not have a system back up or a way to check the hard drive so you have me searching for a good way to test my hard drive .
    I have found your articles very helpful as I maintain my own computers . Thank You Robert

  6. Thank you for the giveaway! HD Sentinel is very powerful software when it comes to HDD/SDD monitoring and diagnostics. I would like to have the pro version for its “complete surface analysis”, “panic backup” and “scheduled hardware disk tests” features.

  7. Hard Drive Sentinel is a great program. Definitely could use a Pro license since it can be portable. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  8. Thank you for offering a great program such as this, it would certainly be a great asset to have.

  9. HD Sentinel and a good backup can prevent a disaster. Please count me in on the drawing.

  10. with 3 hard drives running, I could use this software.
    It would be nice if it detected an impending failure, long enough in advance to move data from one drive to another.

  11. Nagyon tetszik a program. A tesztverziót már használtam. Fontos információkat kaptam a merevlemezről. Szeretném használni az összes lehetőséget! Köszönöm!

  12. Thanks for giveaway. Hard Disk Sentinel Pro is very good software. It would be a great use to me to help monitor the health of my hard drive.

  13. Asriel Rusdyawan

    Thanks for the Giveaway Dear Dave.
    For me, HDD Sentinel is the great monitoring tool to keep all the information around Disk mounted by windows OS really accurate.
    Pelase count me in too..

  14. Oh! I have never heard about this great utility and as an IT admin I would love to win a license.

    Thanks a lot

  15. Thanks for making this offer available. I have checked out the Trial Version but it would not provide information on my Raid array even though both raid disks were SMART. This could be the motherboard raid implementation as I have yet to find a hard disk monitoring program that will work on the raid array. It also had a problem with some of my USB drives – it detected and supplied data on three USB external hard drives but not on the other two USB external hard drives. I found that the Hard Drive Sentinel gave very detailed information on all drives are provided excellent monitoring data on those it could monitor.

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