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Hard Disk Sentinel


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 3/28/2019.

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/reports the most comprehensive information about the hard disks and solid state disks inside the computer and in external enclosures (USB hard disks / e-SATA hard disks). Many different alerts and report options are available to ensure maximum safety of your valuable data.

This is a commercial product, with a 30 day trial. This package is for a Standard version. For details about different versions and pricing go to

Please Note: This is an automatically updated package. If you find it is out of date by more than a day or two, please contact the maintainer(s) and let them know the package is no longer updating correctly.

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

C:\> choco install hdsentinel

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

C:\> choco upgrade hdsentinel


  • tools\helpers\killAsap.ps1 Show
    # ====================================================
    # KillAsap
    # ====================================================
    # Iniates Kill Listener
    # @param   {string}    Process Name
    # @return  {void}
    # ====================================================
    Function KillAsap([string]$appName){
        $timerStart = (Get-Date)
        $timeout    = 15 #seconds
        KillAttempt $appName $timeout
    # ====================================================
    # KillAttempt
    # ====================================================
    # Check for given process and try to kill it.
    # If it doesn't exists, retry after specific delay.
    # If retries exceed max allowed duration, give up.
    # @param   {string}    Process Name
    # @param   {int}       Timeout [s]
    # @return  {void}
    # ====================================================
    Function KillAttempt([string]$appName, [int]$timeout){
        $countdown = $timeout - ((Get-Date) - $timerStart).Seconds
        # Exit after $timeout seconds if unseccessful
        if($countdown -le 0){
            Write-Host "`nNo '$appName' windows found. Proceeding."
        # Kill the process if present, otherwise retry
        if($appName -ne $null){
            $process = (Get-Process $($appName) 2> $null)
                Write-Host -NoNewLine "`rWaiting for '$appName' to spawn its windows: $countdown "
                Start-Sleep -m 250
                KillAttempt $appName $timeout
                $process | Stop-Process -force
                Write-Host "'$appName' windows found and closed. Proceeding."
  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    . (Join-Path (Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'helpers\KillAsap.ps1')
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors
    $packageName    = "hdsentinel"
    $packageTitle   = "HDSentinel"
    $installerType  = "EXE"
    $packageVersion = "5.40"
    $url            = ""
    $silentArgs     = "/sp- /verysilent /norestart"
    $checksum       = "3bb95a72d4e5e526c3aba572db5512f0dba4e5c2b21e217a999c0189f4cf3202"
    $checksumType   = "sha256"
    $validExitCodes = @(0)
    #extract filename from source URL
    $filename       = $url.Substring($url.LastIndexOf("/") + 1)
    #establish temp folder path
    $tmpDir         = $env:temp,$packageName -join "\"
    #establish full path to local copy of downloaded zip file
    $pathToZip      = ($tmpDir,$filename -join "\")
    # download zip package
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile  `
        -PackageName $packageName `
        -FileFullPath $pathToZip `
        -Url $url `
        -Checksum $checksum `
        -ChecksumType $checksumType
    # extract it
    Get-ChocolateyUnzip `
      -FileFullPath $pathToZip `
      -Destination $tmpDir
    # establish path to extracted installer (exe)
    $pathToExe =  Join-Path $tmpDir (get-childitem $tmpDir | where {$_.extension -eq ".exe"}).Name
    # install package
    Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage `
      -PackageName $packageName `
      -FileType $installerType `
      -SilentArgs $silentArgs `
      -ValidExitCodes $validExitCodes `
      -File $pathToExe
    # the app spins up a window straight after installation ends. Kill it.
    KillAsap $packageTitle

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • H.D.S. Hungary.


Copyright © 2015 H.D.S. Hungary. All Rights Reserved.


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.30 504 Monday, July 23, 2018 approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 5.20 181 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 approved
Hard Disk Sentinel 4.60 751 Monday, August 3, 2015 approved

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