HARD DISK MONITORING

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Hard Disk Sentinel is one of the very few programs that I can even consider buying. I'm some sort of hard drive collector/fanatics, and I use the program daily. The interface and the layout of the program is very well done, in my eyes. One feature I realy appreciate, is the "Surface Test", whitch is outstanding in my opinion. But the function of monitoring the system's hard drive in real time is most appreciated by me. Most importantly, I rely on this program!

The program that you created, is not yet another hard disk program - It is THE Hard Disk Program! Mostly because of all the effort you have put into it, and the big support of hardware. I have it installed in all of my computers. And when I see those green squares (tray icon), I'm not worried.
Thanks again!
- Hans Johansson

Hard Disk Sentinel is without doubt the best computer equipment and software tech support I have ever found and I have been using and building PCs for over 25 years. They get off the chart marks for knowledge, communications, timely response and most importantly resolving issues! I never felt like I was communicating with someone with flowchart of canned responses or that I was being BS'ed until I gave up in frustration like you do with many suppliers, assuming you can even contact anyone and not have to spend days being communications.

I have used HD Sentinel for a couple of years mostly to monitor temperatures and error rates and it has worked well for me. In the last year or so I have started using some SSDs for the system disk and a couple of fast data disks and Hard Disk Sentinel was reported that the TRIM was working for the system drive but not for the data drives. I never thought too much about it for a while and then decided to see if that was something I could resolve. I contacted a couple of the SSD manufacturer's and their tech support and while getting some specific information, none of it resolved the issue. One suggested that TRIM really was working but HD Sentinel was in error on the report. So finally I contacted HD Sentinel and got not only very specific information and troubleshooting but the solution: I believe TRIM is enabled (fsutil shows that), but Hard Disk Sentinel shows it is DISABLED. Why?
Bob Norman

The best program of its kind.
Very light and accurate.
- Panagiotis Giannakopoulos

This is what I like about Hard Disk Sentinel:
- It's fingerprint is small;
- It's ability to show me the state of my three drives either individually or in aggregate;
- It's ability to show me how my hard drives compares to other similar or identical hard drives.

This is how your software has helped me recently:
By showing, in a continuous manner, the temperature of my hard drives I was able to detect that my external hard drive was dangerously heating up. Therefore I was able to disconnect it and examine it. The problem was caused by the air vents on the enclosure where in the process of getting blocked. one clean up and now everything is fine :)

This might be a small example, but is is one that has save me from buying a new external hard drive.
- Richard Carriere

Hard Disk Sentinel has it all.
Everything I want in all in one technology. easy to setup and use, simple easy to figure it user interface...
I love Hard Disk Sentinel as a good tool in my case as IT pro it is a life/time saver, a must have...
- Alex S.

I'm an IT administrator and I use quite a lot of tools for HD maintenance. A friend of mine suggested to try the Hard Disk Sentinel, so I gave it. I'm quite impressed. Beautiful UI, very flexible and a lot of info right on your screen. Everything on a single program. Temperatures, health, info, errors, current state, min & max measure.
Even in the standard edition the info you handle are too much.
Trust me its a wanna have program.
- Orfeas Stavropoulos

I'm using Hard Disk Sentinel already for a couple of years, but now it save me data and a lot of time because I got an early warning and could change the HDD without any loss of data. This was also the reason to buy the Professional version to monitor all my PCs. Hard Disk Sentinel is for me one of the most important program for hard disk monitoring, perhaps in the future it can also monitor NAS-drives as well.
- Manfred Pfeiffer

As excellent as the software is, what sealed the deal for me was the excellent customer service experience. I had many questions about this utility and all of them were answered patiently and generously by the developer himself. Since I was considering an Enterprise license, he graciously built a fully-working demo for me to try out over many weeks. With that kind of care expressed I was confident about purchasing the product.
- Alex

GREAT PROGRAM! A BARGAIN at the price.
It even installs and runs on Server 2003/Windows Home Server v.1. That OS really beats up it's data drives. (!!)
Knowing when to punt & buy/clone a new drive for substitution before an old one fails is a real God-send!
feedback provided by Dr. Robert Blomeyer, CEO OTA (http://www.onlineteachingassociates.com)

Can I say that Hard Disk Sentinel is one of the most useful pieces of software I have bought.
I have many hard discs and the software works perfectly on them and has saved me a couple of instances of disc failure before I would have noticed.
feedback provided by Glenn Curtis

Hard Disk Sentinel Pro portable version is very cool and helpful and fantastic software!
Luckily I already own a "Familiy Licence" of the best S.M.A.R.T. tool available.
I had two hard disk crashes last year and Hard Disk Sentinel warned me in time to save my data. Well done!
Positive feedback from Stefan B. from Germany

I am very impressed with Hard Disk Sentinel Pro, the documentation and the quick response to my questions. Thank you very much: you are an example to all suppliers how they should develop their software products and how to service their clients!
Positive feedback from Fred Knottenbelt

Your software Hard Disk Sentinel is a really fantastic software, well done and meet all the demands concerning HDDs and SSDs. Many hard disk drive utilities are inconvenient and half-done; I've been happy to find the differ one.
Positive feedback from Ilya Zaidel, editor 3DNews.ru

I am a very satisfied customer. Hard Disk Sentinel Pro is a utility I should have bought long before now.
Positive feedback from H.N., Retired Engineer

Hard Disk Sentinel is an outstanding product and was given the 'Excellent' award by its users.
Positive feedback from Michael Ganss, UpdateStar.com

Hard Disk Sentinel Enterprise Server is the perfect tool to monitor our IT environment in the network. It helped us to find out possible hard disk issues and we had the opportunity to replace hard disks and modify the configurations to prevent data loss. It helped to find out systems operating at very high temperatures and we could do all steps to eliminate such problems also. With the provided details and the alerts Hard Disk Sentinel Enterprise helps our administrators and saves lots of time and energy of both our staff and our colleagues. Doing this without consuming any noticeable resources on the client systems or on the network itself.
Positive feedback from Bethesda - Children's Hospital of Hungarian Reformed Church

I just wanted to let you know that I think your product is fantastic software. I originally installed it to monitor the temperature of my hard disk drives which was a concern of mine after I had a hard disk drive failure due to excessive heat. I've had your product installed for over a year now and didn't think much about it until the other day it started reporting that my main hard disk drive was experiencing health issues. I've been watching the log report the health of my main hard disk drive deteriorate rapidly over the past week and I'm going to replace it. Now I'm very glad I had HD Sentinel installed! I will tell everyone to use this fantastic software - well done, great job!

I am simply amazed about detecting my hard disk drive and your level of support.
Positive feedback from Bernard St. Philippe

Having used / played around on Windows XP Pro with the one copy of HD Sentinel Pro which I registered a few days ago, I am very impressed by its capabilities (eg. USB hard disk monitoring) and stability by reference to other similar software which I have used in recent years.
Positive feedback from Ian de Sousa

Thanks for making a great little program!
Positive feedback from Klaus Nordby

I am impressed about the features which are already built in within the fantastic software.
Positive feedback from Walter Fangl

I just tried Hard Disk Sentinel and it's great. I love it. I have tried a bunch of tools and yours is clrearly the best out there, fantastic software!
Positive feedback from Christian Busch

We are impressed with the quality of your software product and encourage you to keep this high standards in the future.
Positive feedback from SoftPedia Editorial Team

Thank you for this great, high quality software. I have been using Hard Disk Sentinel Professional for a while now, and it recently detected my C: hard disk drive health starting to deteriorate. This has enabled me to clone it to a new hard disk drive well before it starts to fail. Hard Disk Sentinel is "must have" fantastic software for all 3 of my computers, and I'm recommending it to my son and grandkids.
Positive feedback from Ralph Wiggins

And, you are very welcome for my support. Actually, you earned it by going way beyond the competition. I can't remember all of the programs I reviewed, but I spent a good two to three days downloading, installing, comparing, uninstalling, etc., before finding and deciding upon yours.

Needless to say, I was quite relieved when I did. If I remember correctly, yours was the ONLY one of the bunch that recognized all of my hardware accurately, not to mention that I thought it to be the most feature-rich. Further - and I don't mean to sound ungrateful - but with HDSentinel (really fantastic software) including some of the most comprehensive documentation I've ever seen, I don't know that I'll be taking you up on your offer to help me any time soon! Thanks again, and keep up the excellent work.
Positive feedback from John Walker

You've done an amazing, fantastic software! Bravo! I get my USB bridges "Macway" and they're both read perfectly.
Positive feedback from Natalya

Hard Disk Sentinel is a neat software. I like it so far.
Positive feedback from Jean Louis Imperial

I just wanted to express my complete satisfaction about HD Sentinel, fantastic software! I installed it about 2 weeks ago and I am very pleased with the results. It has helped me make cooling modifications to my PC that I hope will extend the life of my hard disk drives and PC components in general. I have recommended your fantastic software product to several of my friends and colleagues. Well done!
Positive feedback from Paul Kruse

After checking out evaluation versions of all the available hard disk diagnostics software I recently selected Hard Disk Sentinel Professional as having the best overall presentation of the SMART data and purchased a copy for use on one of my computers.
Positive feedback from Roger Davis

Hard Disk Sentinel is highly appreciated and recommended by us to customers.
Positive feedback from Soft05.com

What a fantastic software and service! I have used several programs with the same purpuse but yours is outstanding.
Positive feedback from F. K., from Germany

I want to add my voice to those praising Hard Disk Sentinel. Ten plus years after I first got it, my first portable hard drive died. So I go and buy another one with a nice long 3 year warranty, and HDSentinel immediately detects it and I go on my merry way to copy the old files onto the new drive. A common enough procedure that I just let the drive go and do the copying without a second thought. A few minutes later, while totally engrossed in another task, HDS flashes me a warning message that my brand new drive is overheating.

The max operating temperature for the Western Digital Passport Ultra is 35° C, while my drive was reading 42° C - and climbing. Worse, even at rest with a 4" fan blowing straight across it, its lowest temperature reading has been 33° C, just 2° below its max. This drive, along with the screenshot showing the temperature readouts, is being sent back to Western Digital this week for replacement under the warranty.

If it weren't for HDS, I wouldn't have known about the overheating problem until at some point in the near future, the drive would have simply died of heat exhaustion, and I'd be out all my backup files.

Regards,
BearPup
A Lifetime Licensee

My thanks to HD Sentinel for alerting me that TRIM was not actually working, and for the pages on your website that discuss this situation and provide tested solutions. And again, my sincere thanks and appreciation to you personally for recommending the best solution for my situation.
Steve Coulson

What can I say, it's always one of first things I install when I format, and along the years it surely saved me several TB of data by early warning me on unexpected faulty HDDs, specially appearance of bad sectors and so on. I honestly trust it more than my firewall/AV, and every time a friend or family member mentions certain specific type of issues, I always suggest to inspect & test the drive with HDSentinel and keep it monitoring just in case. Or do it myself when they prefer to bring their PCs for me to check. Proved to be a nice investment and it's always a pleasure for me to support trustworthy software that I keep using for years.
Luis Dias

I really like this program.
Everything what I want to know can be found in this program. I like the test area, as well as the status and performance visibility. Portable Hard Disk Sentinel Pro is a very useful and practical program.
I had problems with my three hard disk drives in recent years, but Hard Disk Sentinel Pro warned me in time, so I could save my data into a new hard disk drive.
This program can help you never have to worry regarding the health of your hard disk drive.
Istvan Szombath

My main development machine is a Windows 7 Professional with an SSD as the C: drive and a mirrored pair of 1TB drives as my D: data drive using Microsoft's software mirror. I had noticed over the past several weeks that boot up on this machine was from time to time extremely slow with the mirrored disks going into "resynch" mode every 2-3 days. I suspected one or both of the mirrored hard drives was having problems.
At the recommendation of a friend, I purchased Hard Disk Sentinel. Immediately after installing your product, it revealed the first drive in the mirrored pair was perfectly healthy, but the second drive was experiencing major problems and had an estimated "remaining life span" of 51 days! The program also indicated that one of my USB desktop backup drives is having a problem and will need replacement soon.
I have gone through the loss of a mirrored array previously, and it is not enjoyable. Hard Disk Sentinel has saved me from a repeat of that experience. My only complaint is that I did not purchase your product sooner!
Thank you for an excellent piece of software.
Frank Kelley

I think I told you that running Hard Disk Sentinel probably saved me a backup drive failure. According to HD Sentinel, my 2 TB WD My Book was failing with bad sectors piling up. I replaced it - did a direct copy of the data on it to the new drive - and it turns out that the old drive is under warranty, so I get a freebie replacement, after I return it.
Henry S. Winokur

Just to say thanks for your software.
Your program reported a "Off-line Uncorrectable Sector Count 80->0" sector loss on my Seagate 4TB backup drive and I was able to wipe, self-repair it and put back on the data without loosing a byte!
Stuart Halliday

Thank God for Hard Disk Sentinel. Got it today and it has already showed me that one of my portable drives is about to fail. Have now backed up. What a relief. This is a great program and I have 7 Sata hard drives that contain my video and personal back ups. This program has shown that 3 of them are not in good health. Will investigate further. For anyone who has portable or other hard drives that contain personal or sentimental back ups you should seriously consider this program as I thought my back ups were safe but what if the hard drives fail. I had not thought of that before. I'm more than happy with the version I have. It is a great program. Thank You very much.
Colin Raffles

Wanted to share my initial and very positive experience with Hard Disk Sentinel.
I'm happy to have tried this product as I expected it to be like many other utilities where I immediately uninstall them after a quick test. I took a look immediately at each drive and was pleased to find a nice but extensive summary that went well beyond SMART info, along with clear and concise information about the drive, issues when applicable, and suggestions beyond basic backup reminders that included problems associated with one of my cables!
GZ

I like this program's S.M.A.R.T. check feature. Also changing drive icons with drive health. It is working without problem for now (tested with dead drives and status correct). Thanks for this good software. Keep updating!
Muharrem Tokgoz

Your software is very easy to use and helps a lot,
I would recommend to every users because it's very helpful and easy to use.
James C.

Dear HD Sentinel, dear Mr. Janos Mathe!
Hard Disk Sentinel Pro is a very good, useful and reliable software that I use full satisfaction for many years!
In this year has already warned of a serious problem of two hard drives, so the data was saved.
Good work, thank you,
Istvan Szombath

I have HDS on my main rig right now and I can say it works very well, and I'm quite pleased! It emails me when temps go over limit, and I can see very easily the status of all my drives. I love it!
Wish I would have had this program a dozen or so years ago, when I had a particular hard drive fail without warning; a failure that was not recoverable even by professional recovery services, costing me the permanent loss of irreplaceable family photos and documents. I know that will never happen again with HDSentinel on the job!
S.I.

Just wanted to let you know that your HD Sentinel program worked well for me. Between your program and the Windows 8 Command prompt tools, I was able to correct the potential errors on my disk drive that Sentinel had found. Initially, the health of my drive was 24%, but by working with your tools, the health is now 57%.
Coming from the early days of desktop computers with 20 MB hard drives (1985 Zenith 248) I had to learn the technologies behind the drives in regard to sectors, clusters, blocks and so on.
I was quite impressed by the array of tools available in Sentinel. Thumbs up for a great product.
David Winn

 

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