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Should I remove TOSHIBA HDD Protection?

What percent of users and experts removed it?
4% remove it96% keep it
Overall Sentiment
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How common is it?
Global Rank #899
United States Rank #615
Reach 0.7626%
Lifespan of installation (until removal)
< 10.94 days
322.67 days >
Average installed length: 169.54 days


VersionDistribution 0.07% 0.41% 0.01% 0.15% 0.01% 3.95% 0.01% 0.77% 3.75% 7.50% 0.59%
2.5.0004.64002 0.01%
2.5.0003.64001 5.28%
2.5.0002.64002 4.31%
2.5.0002.32002 0.01% 0.04% 0.01% 0.02% 0.10% 0.03% 0.01% 0.03% 16.05% 0.06% 5.80% 3.47% 1.30% 1.43% 17.77% 11.12% 0.18% 0.31% 1.35% 1.49% 7.72% 1.24% 1.46% 0.24% 0.17% 0.12% 0.29% 0.07% 0.01% 0.01% 0.04% 0.43% 0.09% 0.08% 0.01% 0.08%
1.01.08i 0.01%
57 versions

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TOSHIBA HDD Protection

What is TOSHIBA HDD Protection?

Using the acceleration sensor built in the PC, HDD Protection detects vibration, shocks and similar signs in the PC, and automatically moves the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) head to a safe position to reduce the risk of damage that could be caused by head-to-disk contact.

About  (from TOSHIBA)

You can thank Toshiba innovation for your first line of defense against unforeseen knocks, dings and drops. It's called the Hard Drive Impact Sensor?a complex system of hardware and software designed to detect sudden movements (as when your laptop starts to fall off the table) and "park" the heads of your hard drive be...  Read more


The most used version is, with over 98% of all installations currently using this version. Upon installation and setup, it defines an auto-start registry entry which makes this program run on each Windows boot for all user logins. 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 main program executable is ThpSrv.exe. It also adds an icon to the Windows notifications area in order to provide access to the program. The software installer includes 21 files and is usually about 10.8 MB (11,327,711 bytes).

This program is pre-installed on the PC

Such software is installed by the manufacture when delivering the PC to the end user. Some pre-installed programs are considered bloatware as they are simply limited function trials, while others are required for proper PC operation.
Note: This program has often been considered as bloatware by some users as it is bundled on various manufacturer's new PCs. (Because this might be considered bloatware does not mean the software is bad or harmful, if you use it regularly its worthwhile to have. However, bloatware typically means the program is optional and was simply pre-installed but is not required and can be removed.) Some quick tips to be aware of:
  • It is usually licensed for use only on the Toshiba PC on which it was pre-installed.
  • It sometimes difficult for users to remove via the 'Uninstall a Program' feature in Windows.

Program detailsProgram details

URL: www.toshiba.com
Installation folder: C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\HDD Protection\
Uninstaller: MsiExec.exe /X{94A90C69-71C1-470A-88F5-AA47ECC96B40}
(The Windows Installer is used for the installation, maintenance, and removal.)
Estimated size: 10.8 MB

Program filesFiles installed by TOSHIBA HDD Protection

Program executable:ThpSrv.exe
Name:TOSHIBA HDD Protection
TOSHIBA HDD Protection Service
Path:C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\HDD Protection\ThpSrv.exe
Taskbar:Displays an icon in the notification area
Additional files:
  • NotifyTHP.dll - NotifyTHP Dynamic Link Library (NotifyTHP Dynamic Link Library)
  • thpdrv.sys - TOSHIBA HDD Protection (TOSHIBA HDD Protection Driver)
  • thpevm.sys - TOSHIBA HDD Protection - Shock Sensor Driver
  • ThpProp.exe - TOSHIBA HDD Protection Properties
  • ThpSrv.exe - TOSHIBA HDD Protection Service
  • ToastNotifier.dll - Shock Notifier (ShockNotifer.dll by Wu Zhenyu)
  • Thp3dv.exe - Protezione unità disco rigido Toshiba - Visualizzatore 3D
  • DelRegLF.exe
  • SetupDrv.exe
  • SetupEvm.exe
  • SetupProp.exe
  • SetupTfc.exe

Program behaviorsBehaviors exhibited

Scheduled Task
  • SetupEvm.exe is scheduled as a task with the class '{B4F0A42B-2720-4794-B14F-F832F80F43D0}' (runs on registration).
  • ThpSrv.exe runs as a service named 'TOSHIBA HDD Protection' (Thpsrv) "TOSHIBA HDD Protection Service".
Startup File (All Users Run)
  • ThpSrv.exe is loaded in the all users (HKLM) registry as a startup file name 'TOSHIBA HDD Protection Properties' which loads as "C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\HDD Protection\ThpSrv.exe".

Program resource utilizationResource utilization averages

Memory:633.33 KB
21.09 MB average
Total CPU:0.0329155655%
0.031193% average
Kernel CPU:0.02675648%
0.016088% average
User CPU:0.00615908%
0.015104% average
70 average
I/O reads/min:10 Bytes
435.61 KB average
I/O writes/min:211.28 KB
105.02 KB average

How do I remove TOSHIBA HDD Protection?

You can uninstall TOSHIBA HDD Protection 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 TOSHIBA HDD Protection, 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 TOSHIBA HDD Protection.

Win 7 (SP1) 59%
Win 7 0%
Automatically starts? Yes
(Found in the run registry)
Uninstall it 4%
Keep it 96%

Windows OS versionsWindows

Which Windows OS versions does it run on?
Windows 7 64.68%
Windows 10 31.86%
Windows Vista 2.22%
Windows XP 1.24%
Which OS releases does it run on?
Windows 7 Home Premium 51.24%
Windows 8.1 13.37%
Windows 10 Home 9.37%
Windows 7 Professional 8.62%
Windows 8 4.21%
Windows 7 Ultimate 2.56%

Distribution by countryGeography

66.28% of installs come from the United States
Which countries install it?
  United States 66.28%
  Australia 3.90%
  France 2.83%
  Germany 2.76%
  Canada 2.65%
  United Kingdom 2.58%
  Italy 1.37%
  Japan 1.32%
  Spain 1.20%
  Portugal 1.17%
  Mexico 0.73%
  Saudi Arabia 0.68%
  New Zealand 0.57%
  Sweden 0.47%

OEM distributionPC manufacturers

What PC manufacturers (OEMs) have it installed?
Toshiba 99.71%
Dell 0.15%
Acer 0.14%
Common models
TOSHIBA Satellite A665 8.21%
TOSHIBA Satellite P755 7.36%
TOSHIBA Satellite A505 7.27%
TOSHIBA Satellite P875 3.29%
TOSHIBA Satellite P775 3.15%
TOSHIBA Satellite P850 2.91%


Toshiba electronics, electrical equipment and information technology corporation that is a diversified manufacturer of electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, electronic components and materials, power systems, Internet-based solutions and services, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.
Publisher URL: www.toshiba.com


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