Main window

From the main window of Hard Disk Sentinel it is possible to access all features and functions by using the main menu or the quick buttons.

Hard Disc Sentinel img 01 mainwindow Main window

The main menu has the following options:

  • File: from this, there is an option to close (stop) Hard Disk Sentinel.

  • View: it is possible to select which information panel should be displayed for the selected hard disk.

  • Report: a complete text or HTML report can be created by using these options. It is possible to just save (and open immediately) the report or to send it immediatelly in e-mail to any address. By default, the the configured recipient address is displayed and the configured mail options are used to transfer the report e-mail.

  • Preferences: the features and functions of the application can be configured in this window. The options are arranged into different categories.

  • Help: the current help or the About window can be displayed.

When the mouse pointer is moved over the quick buttons under the main menu, the function of the buttons are displayed in a hint window. By using the buttons, it is possible to do the following tasks:

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 41 1 Main window re-examine the status of all hard disks, regardless of the configured detection frequency.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 42 2 Main window clear the list of handled alerts, so the alerts will be sent again, the sound alerts will be played again, etc.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 43 3 Main window hide or show the status window.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 49 a Main window configure acoustic level of the hard disk (if supported). Higher acoustic level means more noise and faster seek performance, lower acoustic level means less noise but slower seek performance.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 49 b Main window test drive seek performance, noise and temperature level. The test can be effectively used to “stress” the hard disk by increasing its temperature.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 49 c Main window execute hard disk internal self tests to verify critical components and reveal any hidden problems.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 44 4 Main window save full report. The type of report (text or HTML) can be seletected.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 45 5 Main window send full report in e-mail. The type of report (text or HTML) can be selected.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 49 d Main window send test report to developer to help further development. Useful to verify problems or detection issues.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 46 6 Main window open Configuration window.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 47 7 Main window disable or enable sound alerts for the current session. If “Repeat sound alert” option is enabled, this button can be used to confirm the sound alerts and disable further sound alerts.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 48 8 Main window open the current help.

  • Hard Disc Sentinel img 49 9 Main window display the About window.

Under the quick buttons, on the left the installed physical hard disks (top panel) and the available logical drives (bottom panel) are displayed. The horizontal splitter between the top and bottom lists can be used to modify the size of the different panels. If any physical or logical disk is selected by the left mouse button, the details of the disk or drive are displayed on the right, larger information panel.

In the selector panels, the list of drives are updated periodically. This way the quick information of the disks (temperature, condition or free space) reflect the actual, most recent status.

The splitter between the selector and the information panels can be used to change the sizes of these two areas. Note: the application automatically saves the position and size of this window and the position of the splitters. This way next time the window will be displayed as it was previously used.

On the information panel, the details of the currently selected physical disk or logical drive are displayed.

Main window