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. .

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 use the regular version of this program and it is great. Winning the pro version would be mega-awesome!

  2. Hi,
    HDS is the best so far to handle so many external HDD. Its reliability makes it stand out the competition.

  3. I have the standard program, I like it a lot.
    Would be nice to have the pro program.

  4. After experiencing hard drive failure recently, I know, now, that I must always monitor the health of my hard drives.

  5. This looks like a great program to keep your system healthy. Please count me in for the giveaway as this would be a great tool to add to my toolbox. Thanks.

  6. Dieter Matissek

    I have used the Standard version for a few weeks now. It help me to see if I have hardware problems with my drive. I have a good overview from the main window. See the temperature and the free space, the health condition of my drives too. It is available in several languages. It is very good – I can recommend it.
    One of my hobbies is to translate Shareware programs to my native language (german). I start my PC experience in the 90th, with DOS 4.


  7. Thanks for making the Standard edition available through Bitsdujour. Over the past 20 plus years, I have used at least a dozen or more applications which were intended to monitor the hard drive systems installed on various systems. Unfortunately, each had significant deficiencies and therefore proved to be less helpful than would be needed to maintain these devices.
    Since installing HD Sentinel, I have been impressed with the scope of its design, coverage of all monitoring modules needed to maintain my installed hard drives, with promises of enhancements in the PRO version.
    A worthy tool which I look forward to using in the days to come.

  8. I can’t comment on the software as I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, but would love to win a Pro license.

  9. HD is very important part of the computer,4 this reason I need your HD Sentinel.TY

  10. Yes please count me in, I already use the free version and would like the chance to run the pro!


  11. Great program! I’ve been using the standard edition, but would love to have pro license. Please count me in. Thank you!

  12. Awesome!!! Would love to have a copy of the Hard Disk Sentinel Professional. Thanks for the chance to win one.

    If you take a look a all the feedback from people purchasing hard disks from the online stores it is really scary.

    Nowadays, it is not a question of if but really when you hard disk is going to fail.

    Had a OS drive with some data fail on me once. It was such a pain!! I don’t ever want to go down that road again.

    Having a software like Hard Disk Sentinel that alerts and warns you when a hard disk is failing should be part of everyone’s bag of tools.

  13. Excellent Program, Would love to have a lifetime license. Had a hard drive go out a few months back it could have helped with.

  14. Looks like great software. Would love to try out the licensed version. Am always looking for new programs to upgrade and enhance my computer’s function and performance 🙂

  15. We have been using this several months on two computers. It seems to give a good early warning of drive problems. I wish there was as good of a predictor for other component failure. Should we win we will protect another computer of ours.

  16. Thank You Dave & HDSentinel for this great giveaway.
    Hmmm… Hard Disk Sentinel Professional showing hard disk status …
    Count me too …
    Good luck to all …
    Regards 🙂

  17. The very good software to manage hard disk. I’ve been using a trial version since 25 days. Please count me in!

  18. I’m using the Standard version at the moment. It just alerted me 2 days ago that one of my 2T external drives had a problem. It was overheating for some reason. I ran it through some of the diagnostics with HDS, and found that the drive was failing. As I had just lost a 1T before I started using this program that was completely *packed* (I think I had maybe 200Mb left of free space on it…lol), I was very glad that HDS made me aware there was an issue before I lost everything (yet again) to a dying disk. I just got everything backed up onto yet another external drive when the one that HDS had alerted me about completely bit the dust. I’m *so so happy* that I now have a way of knowing beforehand when there’s a problem with one of my drives (I have 4 internals and 7 externals; a little overkill some might say, but, I do a **lot** of graphic work, and I need the space!).
    I would absolutely love you to pieces (grin) if I had the Pro version!! Please make sure to enter me into the contest.
    Thanks for a FANTASTIC program!!!! I don’t think I will ever feel safe again without it!!! 🙂

  19. walang_sangit

    I was trying to hide my joy when he learned of this giveaway, but I can not, this is a very nice giveaway I really wanted to win it
    please count me in

  20. Good program that can work on many versions of windows. I would love to win it.

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