Hard Disk Sentinel is an application designed to monitor HDD activity and track the disk temperature, thus helping you prevent damage and data loss.
You may find the program a bit difficult to use when you first load it, but it’s only because it sports a lot of features, showing valuable information basically anywhere you look.
Drives and partition are listed on the left side, along with health, temperature and free space, so it’s easy to pick one and find more information about it.
On the other hand, the rest of the features are organized in tabs, together with detailed explanations to assist you all the time.
The ‘Overview’ tab shows brief information on performance and health, but also power on time and estimated remaining lifetime. Conducting a Surface Test will show even more information and help you fix potential problems.
The ‘Temperature’ section displays the current values for the selected drive, as well as the day’s average and maximum temperature. Plus, it shows three different graphs with the current, the daily average and the daily maximum temperature.
Disk performance is the section that could prove most handy as it shows details such as total data read and write, current, average and maximum transfer rate, but also the estimated maximum transfer rate and the average disk activity.
Hard Disk Sentinel has a comprehensive settings menu to configure hotkeys, disk control, message settings, alerts and even the way the hard disk temperature icon will look in the System Tray.
There are multiple tests available, including Random Seek Test and Surface Test and it’s better to close all the other applications before going in there to get the most accurate results possible.
All in all, Hard Disk Sentinel is definitely worth a try if you’re afraid that something is wrong with your hard drives.
As hard disk sizes are constantly increasing, data stored on them are more and more valuable for the user of the computer (and this is especially true for a company or office). Serious problems can occur upon a hard disk failure.
Hard Disk Sentinel can monitor hard disk status, including temperature and S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, built in most hard disks today) values for each hard disks.
Also it measures the hard disk transfer speed in real time which can be used as a benchmark or to detect possible hard disk failures, performance degradations.
Hard Disk Sentinel can be used to prevent serious damage or data loss. It warns the user if there will be a problem occur and this gives opportunity to backup important and valuable data.
Hard Disk Sentinel runs in the background and constantly analyses hard disk status. If there is an error or unexpected behaviour detected, it warns the user about the current status.
Usually, hard disk status may slowly decline, from day to day. The S.M.A.R.T. monitoring technology can help to predict possible failures by monitoring the critical values of the drive.
Also it displays the current hard disk temperature(s) and logs previous temperatures which may be used to check the maximum temperature under high hard disk load.
- Automatic analyse of hard disks
- Instant S.M.A.R.T. analysing
- Disk status in Windows Explorer
- Information on demand·
- Hard Disk Details
- Hard Disk Performance
- Hard Disk Partitions
- Acoustic Management
- Clock Synchronization