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Hard Disk Sentinel

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6.10.4 | Updated: 06 Sep 2023



Downloads of v 6.10.4:



Software Author(s):

  • H.D.S. Hungary

Hard Disk Sentinel 6.10.4

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All Checks are Passing

3 Passing Tests

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install Hard Disk Sentinel, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade Hard Disk Sentinel, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall Hard Disk Sentinel, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade hdsentinel -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade hdsentinel -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install hdsentinel
    name: hdsentinel
    version: '6.10.4'
    state: present

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'hdsentinel' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '6.10.4'

See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller hdsentinel
    Name     = "hdsentinel"
    Version  = "6.10.4"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'hdsentinel':
  ensure   => '6.10.4',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


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Package Approved

This package was approved by moderator Windos on 16 Sep 2023.



Hard Disk Sentinel (HDSentinel) is a comprehensive monitoring and analysis tool designed for both SSDs and HDDs across multiple operating systems. The software aims to identify, test, diagnose, and repair disk drive issues while providing detailed reports on disk health and performance. It supports internal and external hard disks, SSDs, hybrid drives (SSHDs), RAID arrays, and even Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices.


  • Real-Time Monitoring: Constantly checks disk health, temperature, and S.M.A.R.T. values.
  • Quick Fix and Extended S.M.A.R.T.: Introduced in Version 6, these features offer device-specific information and advanced monitoring capabilities.
  • Multi-OS Support: Compatible with various operating systems.
  • Comprehensive Alerts: Provides textual descriptions, tips, and multiple alert options for maximum data safety.
  • Backup Options: The Pro version includes scheduled and automatic backup features to prevent data loss from various causes, including hardware failure and malware attacks.
  • Benchmarking: Measures disk transfer speed in real-time.

This is a commercial product, with a 30 day trial. This package is for the Standard version. Edition comparison

For more information, visit the official website.

$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

    Initiates a listener to terminate a specified process.
    The function sets a timeout and initiates the KillAttempt function to terminate the process.
    The name of the process to terminate.
    KillAsap -appName "notepad"
Function KillAsap {
    param (
    $timeout = 15 # Timeout duration in seconds
    $timerStart = Get-Date # Initialize timer
    KillAttempt -appName $appName -timeout $timeout -timerStart $timerStart

    Attempts to terminate a given process within a specified timeout.
    The function tries to find and terminate the specified process. If the process is not found, it retries until the timeout is reached.
    The name of the process to terminate.
.PARAMETER timeout
    The timeout duration in seconds.
.PARAMETER timerStart
    The time when the timer was started.
    KillAttempt -appName "notepad" -timeout 15 -timerStart (Get-Date)
Function KillAttempt {
    param (
    $remainingTime = $timeout - ((Get-Date) - $timerStart).TotalSeconds

    # Exit if timeout is reached
    if ($remainingTime -le 0) {
        Write-Output "`nNo process named '$appName' found within timeout. Proceeding."

    # Attempt to terminate the process
    $process = Get-Process -Name $appName -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

    if ($process) {
        $process | Stop-Process -Force
        Write-Output "'$appName' process terminated. Proceeding."
    } else {
        Write-Output "`rWaiting for '$appName' to appear. Time remaining: ${remainingTime}s"
        Start-Sleep -Milliseconds 250
        KillAttempt -appName $appName -timeout $timeout -timerStart $timerStart
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # Stop on all errors

# Import KillAsap function
. (Join-Path (Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'helpers\KillAsap.ps1')

# Package details
$packageName = "hdsentinel"
$packageTitle = "HDSentinel"
$installerType = "EXE"
$packageVersion = "6.10.4"
$url = ""
$checksum = "27B23007859B0D535106B508FEB9B79FEBFA2F891CFF443DAA0418CA4CB85B5B"
$checksumType = "sha256"
$validExitCodes = @(0)

# File and directory paths
$filename = [System.IO.Path]::GetFileName($url)
$tmpDir = Join-Path $env:temp $packageName
$pathToZip = Join-Path $tmpDir $filename

# Download package
Get-ChocolateyWebFile -PackageName $packageName -FileFullPath $pathToZip -Url $url -Checksum $checksum -ChecksumType $checksumType

# Extract package
Get-ChocolateyUnzip -FileFullPath $pathToZip -Destination $tmpDir

# Get installer path
$pathToExe = Join-Path $tmpDir (Get-ChildItem $tmpDir -Filter "*.exe").Name

# Install package
Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage -PackageName $packageName -FileType $installerType -SilentArgs $silentArgs -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes -File $pathToExe

# Terminate any spawned windows by the app post-installation
KillAsap $packageTitle

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.70 4566 Saturday, September 11, 2021 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.61 2593 Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.60 647 Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.50 534 Saturday, August 10, 2019 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.40 432 Monday, March 25, 2019 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.30 701 Monday, July 23, 2018 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.20 355 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 4.60 967 Monday, August 3, 2015 Approved

This package has no dependencies.

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