Not sure about the actual disk status and the configured options / alerts but of course all alerts WORKING, without problems:
the purpose of Hard Disk Sentinel exactly is to notify in many different ways, so there is no need to always check the user interface.
For example, if you enable
- Configuration -> Alerts -> Send/display message in the "Above xx" temperature line, then when the disk temperature goes above the threshold, the alert tray icon displayed.
You can define on Configuration -> Message Settings if you prefer to have other kind of notifications in this case, for example
- email alert
- display message window
- send message
- execute external application
- add to Windows Event Log
On the Configuration -> Alerts page, you can configure much more alert options, for example
- send/display alert upon any other problems
- make sound alert (configurable sound file or use PC speaker beep-beep, repeat sound alert)
- start pre-configured "panic backup" project
- shut down (or sleep / standby / hibernate the PC)
All of these can be assigned to events like
- when failure expected (which means 0% health)
- when the temperature is high (with two customizable threshold levels, see the Configuration -> Thresholds/Tray icon page and can be customized for each disks)
- when the health is low (with two customizable threshold levels, see the Configuration -> Thresholds/Tray icon page and can be customized for each disks)
- when the free space is low
- when any new problem (for example but not limited to bad sectors) detected and saved in the Log page of the disk drive.
Generally everything is possible with some clicks, please see the Help, which describes with more details if you press F1 or open online at
> I did not get any notifications, even though I used all available settings to try and it still did not work.
I'm afraid no, you may missed some of the option(s). Sorry if something was not clear from the configuration window and/or from the Help.
> In summary, to find out if the disk is all right, I would have to open the GUI non-stop. For me it's non-practical.
It is absolutely not required.
> There is no way to IMMEDIATELY (in real time) inform you about disk problems.
There are several ways, the above just some of the many alert/status reporting functions. In addition to the above (to increase attention) we can mention the tray icon itself, the sidebar gadget, the Status Window and the status export functions too.
> I do not remember the name of the tool I used to use, but it had the function necessary to quickly inform about the problems with the disc.
> A continuous beep (beep in the computer) or in the computer speaker, or you could choose a speech bubble.
> I used to have an old SATA SAMSUNG drive and then I immediately got the information, it was just as good.
I know a such software: Hard Disk Sentinel - it can do all of the above (plus many other alerting/reporting functions).