Hard Drive Inspector for Notebooks was built on top of its sibling, the Professional edition, but it’s oriented towards portable devices and specially tailored to comply with the specific characteristics of such systems.
The application is oriented on providing data loss prevention information, being able to continuously monitor the hard drive for upcoming fatal failures and notifying you of this accordingly. Therefore, you will be able to take action before you lose the tons of data you have stored on your HDD.
There are two modes of experimenting with the application: the Basic mode provides a brief summary of the drive’s current health, with indicators for reliability, performance and error resistance, whereas the Advanced mode comprises a more detailed overview.
This includes an extensive system info report on the drive, including logical and physical geometry details (number of cylinders, sectors, etc), as well as an in-depth S.M.A.R.T. analysis, which highlights the state of the sensors and plays a major role in disk failure prevention.
The application checks critical parameters every 10 minutes (you can change this from the Options menu), warning you if the drive’s performance has reached a severe level of unreliability by sending network or email messages and by playing sound alerts if high temperatures have been detected.
Overall, the general impression that Hard Drive Inspector for Notebooks makes is that of a steady and reliable program that can help users identify important HDD issues before they cause failures and data loss.