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Hard Disk Sentinel DOS Edition Review


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Software License:

Free

Software Category:

Diagnostic

Rating: 
4

Publisher's Description: 
The following information are displayed: •detected hard disk controllers and their vendor and device IDs. Each device has an associated number (displayed with light blue) •size, model ID, serial number, revision of all IDE/S-ATA hard disks connected to the motherboard or these devices •temperature, health and performance values Note: performance may be different compared to the detected value under Windows because under DOS the UDMA mode may not be selected previously by the BIOS •power on time (days, hour, minutes - if supported) Note: this is for informational purposes only, the value displayed under Windows (after minutes of testing) is more precise •the controller device or channel and device location (with light blue). Eg. PM = Primary master

Our Review: 
This tool works under DOS and should be used as a bootable disk. Unlike most other tools HDD sintel detects any hard drive even under AHCI mode. It reads the SMART data of the Hard drive. This is not 100% indication of the health of the Hard drive, but in 95% it will detect any faults. Other 5% can be only diagnosed using safe write tests which this tool doesn't have. Hopefully the next version should support read and write tests on all hdd sectors.