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What percent of users and experts removed it?
5% remove it95% keep it
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How common is it?
Global Rank #7,564
United States Rank #7,773
Reach 0.0549%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 3.95 days
116.44 days >
Average installed length: 61.18 days


4.60 1.39%
4.50.17 0.09%

Hard Disk Sentinel

What is Hard Disk Sentinel?  (from HDS)

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/re...  Read more


Hard Disk Sentinel is a software program developed by HDS. The most common release is 4.60, with over 1% of all installations currently using this version. During setup, the program creates a startup registration point in Windows in order to automatically start when any user boots the PC. Upon being installed, the software adds a Windows Service which is designed to run continuously in the background. Manually stopping the service has been seen to cause the program to stop functing properly. It adds a background controller service that is set to automatically run. Delaying the start of this service is possible through the service manager. A scheduled task is added to Windows Task Scheduler in order to launch the program at various scheduled times (the schedule varies depending on the version). The primary executable is named HDSentinel.exe. The setup package generally installs about 40 files and is usually about 28.25 MB (29,617,158 bytes). The installed file harddisksentinelupdate.exe is the auto-update component of the program which is designed to check for software updates and notify and apply them when new versions are discovered. Relative to the overall usage of users who have this installed on their PCs, most are running Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 10. While about 44% of users of Hard Disk Sentinel come from the United States, it is also popular in Hungary and United Kingdom.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.hdsentinel.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\Hard Disk Sentinel\
Uninstaller: "C:\Program Files\Hard Disk Sentinel\unins000.exe"
Estimated size: 28.25 MB
Language: English (United States)

Program filesFiles installed by Hard Disk Sentinel

Program executable:HDSentinel.exe
Name:Hard Disk Sentinel
Hard Disk Sentinel Engine
Path:C:\Program Files\Hard Disk Sentinel\HDSentinel.exe
Additional files:
  • harddisksentinelupdate.exe (by H.D.S. Hungary) - Hard Disk Sentinel
  • hdsaction.exe (by H.D.S. Hungary) - Hard Disk Sentinel Project Engine
  • hdsctrl.exe - Hard Disk Sentinel Control
  • hdsentinel.exe - Hard Disk Sentinel Engine
  • storagetest.dll - Storage Test
  • storectrl.dll (by LSI) - StoreLibTest
  • unins000.exe - Inno Setup (Setup/Uninstall)
  • deta.dll

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

2 Scheduled Tasks
  • HDSentinel.exe is scheduled as a task named 'Hard Disk Sentinel_John'.
  • hdsctrl.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{E6B122D8-5B88-4EB7-850B-3AC95E4B937E}' (runs on registration).
Scheduled Task (Boot/Login)
  • HDSentinel.exe is automatically launched at startup through a scheduled task named Hard Disk Sentinel_john.
  • HDSentinel.exe runs as a service named 'HardDiskSentinelService' (HardDiskSentinelService) "Hard Disk Sentinel - Mode Service".
Startup File (User Run)
  • HDSentinel.exe is loaded in the current user (HKCU) registry as an auto-starting executable named 'Hard Disk Sentinel Engine' and executes as C:\Program Files\Hard Disk Sentinel\HDSentinel.exe.
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • HDSentinel.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'Hard Disk Sentinel' which loads as "C:\Program Files\Hard Disk Sentinel\HDSentinel.exe" /AUTORUN.

How do I remove Hard Disk Sentinel?

You can uninstall Hard Disk Sentinel from your computer by using the Add/Remove Program feature in the Window's Control Panel.
  1. On the Start menu (for Windows 8, right-click the screen's bottom-left corner), click Control Panel, and then, under Programs, do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall a Program.
    • Windows XP: Click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. When you find the program Hard Disk Sentinel, click it, and then do one of the following:
    • Windows Vista/7/8/10: Click Uninstall.
    • Windows XP: Click the Remove or Change/Remove tab (to the right of the program).
  3. Follow the prompts. A progress bar shows you how long it will take to remove Hard Disk Sentinel.

Win 7 (SP1) 46%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 5%
Keep it 95%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 49.12%
Windows 10 39.26%
Windows XP 7.74%
Windows Vista 3.50%
Windows Server 2003 0.37%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 21.36%
Windows 7 Ultimate 16.04%
Windows 7 Professional 8.86%
Windows 10 Home 8.68%
Windows 10 Pro 8.40%
Microsoft Windows XP 8.02%

Distribution by countryGeography

43.62% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 43.62%
  Hungary 5.13%
  United Kingdom 4.65%
  Canada 3.29%
  France 3.13%
  Germany 3.13%
  Italy 2.89%
  Russia 2.57%
  Romania 2.49%
  Czech Republic 2.49%
  Australia 2.41%
  Poland 1.92%
  Netherlands 1.84%
  Greece 1.28%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Hewlett-Packard 26.90%
Dell 20.35%
Acer 14.69%
ASUS 12.39%
Lenovo 5.31%
Intel 3.36%
Toshiba 2.65%
Samsung 2.65%
American Megatrends 1.59%
Common models
ASUS All Series 8.92%
HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook ... 4.09%
Dell XPS 8700 2.23%
HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook ... 2.23%
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook P... 2.23%
ASUSTeK CM6330_CM6630_CM6... 1.86%


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