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Hard Disk Sentinel Pro 6.00

Hard Disk Sentinel Professional

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 or in external enclosures (USB / e-SATA). Many different alerts and report options are available to ensure maximum safety of your valuable data.

The software monitors hard disk drive / HDD status, including health, temperature and all S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, built in most hard disks, solid state disks and hybrid drives (SSHD) today) values for each disks. Also it measures the 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 Pro 6.00 improvements and new features:

  • new function: Disk menu -> Surface test -> Quick Fix (targeted repair of problematic sectors)
  • Verify which area(s) of the disk drive reported problems and written recently then diagnose, repair specifically those (and nearby) sectors and critical system areas. The test forces the disk drive to repair any problematic (pending, weak) sectors: restore the status to good or reallocate (replace from spare area) if required to prevent further use of the original sector (Pro version only)
  • new function for advanced users (PRO version only): Disk menu -> Device Specific Information to detect and display additional details including:
  • Power on time when last error detected/logged by the hard disk/SSD (registered version only)
  • Time since last error detected/logged by the hard disk/SSD (registered version only)
  • Sector(s) where errors happened previously and their location by block number on the disk surface map (registered version only)
  • ATA error log: last known errors, their description, registers, error details, last commands before error
  • ATA self test log: last disk self tests, self test results and details (registered version only)
  • ATA drive statistics: lifetime details, errors, temperature statistics
  • ATA drive statistics: rotating media statistics (hard disk drives) or solid state device statistics (SSDs)
  • ATA drive disk utilization and absolute limits for amount of reads/writes and temperature limits (if defined by the manufacturer)
  • ATA drive temperature statistics, last known recorded temperature values
  • ATA drive additional features and functionality supported by the hard disk drive/SSD
  • NVMe error log
  • NVMe self test log: last disk self tests, test results and possible error details (registered version only)
  • SCSI/SAS defect list information
  • SCSI/SAS background scan status information, protocol specific port information
  • Device Specific Information recorded and can be re-loaded to review previous statistics
  • Device Specific Information automatically shows the changes of most important values compared to previous data (registered version only)
  • Extended S.M.A.R.T. detection: detect additional details / information for more accurate status/health reporting by detection of Ext. S.M.A.R.T. attributes
  • added option to perform hardware self test on NVMe SSDs (if supported):
  • Disk menu -> Short Self Test, Disk menu -> Extended Self Test functions can be used on NVMe SSDs when available.
  • The Information page confirms if Device Self Test feature is supported by the SSD.
  • NVMe self test is possible with
  • Windows Standard NVMe controller driver (may prevent too frequent self tests)
  • Intel NVMe controller driver or Intel Volume Management Device NVMe RAID controller driver
  • Samsung NVMe controller driver
  • Micron NVMe controller driver
  • JMicron USB-NVMe adapters/external NVMe-USB enclosures with JMicron chipsets
  • option to schedule short / extended self test on NVMe SSDs too (registered Hard Disk Sentinel Pro version)
  • new buttons in the button bar to open Windows Disk Management and Windows Device Manager
  • display Windows Drive Index (Physicaldriveindex) on the Information page if RAID array(s) present
  • display/report NVMe Maximum Power use in mW units on the Information page
  • improved disk surface test performance for NVMe SSDs: much faster Disk menu -> Read test possible on NVMe SSDs (in memoriam Neduddki)
  • improved Disk Repair test: counts and displays the amount of sectors successfully repaired and failed to repair
  • amount of disk status history increased to allow logging and check back additional of historical status/health/temperature statistics
  • improved write disk testing, Disk Contents Inspector and general support of SAS drives with 520 or 528 bytes/sector sizes [full release notes]

Download: Hard Disk Sentinel Pro 6.00 | Portable ~40.0 MB (Shareware)
View: Hard Disk Sentinel Home Page | Screenshot

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