Using Hard Drive Inspector
How to order
The "Options" dialog allows adjusting the behavior of
Hard Drive Inspector according to your preferences. The options are divided into
This section includes the following
Run at Windows startup checkbox.
When this checkbox is enabled, Hard Drive Inspector would be launched at
Check at startup and exit checkbox.
By enabling this mode, you allow Hard Drive Inspector to check the
S.M.A.R.T. attributes' values when the program launches. If none of the
attribute values were changed, then Hard Drive Inspector would be closed.
The default value is checked off.
The following situation may occur when this mode is turned
on: the program starts, checks the values, but they however remain
unchanged, and then Hard Drive Inspector is successfully closed. At that,
you would not be able to see the window of Hard Drive Inspector for a long
time. Especially for this case, there is a mode when Hard Drive Inspector is
launched with /IgnoreCheckAtStartUp command line parameter, which
allows to run the program disregarding the value of the "check at startup
and exit" checkbox. There is the “Hard Drive Inspector /IgnoreCheckAtStartUp”
shortcut in the Hard Drive Inspector program group for launching Hard Drive
Inspector with the “/IgnoreCheckAtStartUp” command line parameter.
Hide in system status area
checkbox. When this option is enabled, Hard Drive Inspector hides by
minimization in the system status area in the form of an icon and becomes
invisible in the taskbar panel.
Enable event logging
checkbox. This option is available only on the operating systems based on
the MS Windows NT platform (Win NT 4.0 / 2000/ XP /2003). When this option
is enabled, Hard Drive Inspector writes the following messages in the
'Application Event Log':
launching Hard Drive Inspector
closing Hard Drive Inspector
cases of an attribute value's changes
cases of T.E.C. achievement (only one time per session)
Interface Language combo-box enumerates
the list of languages available for the User interface.
2. S.M.A.R.T. monitoring
This section includes the options that concerned with
S.M.A.R.T. monitoring. All settings in this section are applied to all HDDs.
Check S.M.A.R.T. attributes every ... minutes. It
is the period of inquiry and controlling of the S.M.A.R.T. attributes
values. The default value is “60 minutes”.
in case of danger
checkbox. When checked on there will be shown a Message Box at the program
startup if a HDD's state near to failure.
On changes do following chapter consists of the
checkbox. When checked on there will be shown a Message Box if the value of
a S.M.A.R.T. is changed.
checkbox. If the value of a S.M.A.R.T. is changed an email report will be
created and sent to the address specified in "E-mail reports to" editbox of
the "Reports mailing" section.
Run program on critical changes
checkbox. When the checkbox is enabled, Hard Drive Inspector will run the
specified program (once per session) in the case of T.E.C. achievement of an
S.M.A.R.T. attribute. You may specify not only the path to an application
but also the command line parameters. If the path contains spaces, then it
must be enclosed in double quotes.
3. Disk # - <location type>
This section includes the options that concerned with
S.M.A.R.T. monitoring of the specified HDD.
Enable S.M.A.R.T. monitoring
checkbox enables or disables the inquiry of the S.M.A.R.T. attributes'
values. The default value is “to enable”.
Monitor these attributes set is a list of the
S.M.A.R.T. attributes, which values are
to be monitored. The choice is implemented by setting the checkboxes in the
list box where all S.M.A.R.T. attributes are enumerated. The default value
includes all S.M.A.R.T. attributes with the exception of the temperature
The options in this section matter only if there is at least
one HDD with the thermal sensor.
Check temperature every ... seconds sets the period of
the HDD’s temperature inquiry. The default value is 10 seconds. It is not
recommended to set the value of this option less than 5 seconds because the
temperature of a device such as HDD cannot change greatly during such short
period of time. Moreover, too frequent HDD's temperature inquiries increase HDD
load, especially on MS Windows 95 / 98 / ME operating systems.
Critical HDD temperature. If the HDD 's temperature
exceeds this value, Hard Drive Inspector will perform the specified actions (see
"On critical temperature" paragraph). The default value is 122 °F (the majority
of the HDD manufacturers set the operating temperature for their devices within
the bounds from 41 up to 131 °F (from 5 up to 55 °C)).
Note: Don't overheat your drives. Overheating adversely
affects drive’s health. Use a cooling system.
temperature units combo box contains the list of
temperature units. The default value is Celsius degree.
At critical temperature chapter. This chapter
enumerates the actions that are performed in the case of HDD overheating.
Shutdown the computer combo box specifies, which action
should be done to prevent data corruption in the case of HDD overheating:
power on - the computer will continue to operate in spite of
shutdown - the computer will be turned off (all programs will
be closed and all unsaved data will be lost)
stand by - switches the computer to the state when most of the
system devices is turned off (including hdds, CPU). You can turn your computer
on again immediately by pressing on the "Power" button in the system box.
However, if the computer is de-energized, you would lose all unsaved data.
hibernate - turns the computer off. However, the system can
quickly resume from a file written to disk before turning the power off, and
thus all programs will operate as if the computer was not shut down.
Note: you must have the "Shutdown" privilege on the
operating systems based on the MS Windows NT platform to perform this action.
Display the window on top
checkbox. When enabled, the Hard Drive Inspector's main window appears on top.
Play a sound warning
checkbox. When enabled, Hard Drive Inspector would play a sound.
Blink status icon
checkbox. When enabled Hard Drive Inspector would change the original
temperature icon to the icon with the inverted colors within 0.5 second time
Draw balloon message on the icon checkbox
(available only on the systems with MS Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher). When
enabled, Hard Drive Inspector draws a balloon message on the icon.
checkbox. When enabled, Hard Drive Inspector would run a specified program (once
per session). You may specify not only the path to an application but also the
command line parameters. If the path contains spaces, then it must be enclosed
in double quotes.
5. Reports mailing
This section contains the options related with the "remote"
control of your HDDs state. Hard Drive Inspector can send email reports to a
specified address with certain periodicity or in cases of emergency.
E-mail reports to edit box allows setting an address,
where emails with reports are to be sent.
Send reports via E-mail chapter allows to specify, in
which cases the reports should be sent automatically:
every ... hours specifies the periodicity of the email
In case of emergency
checkbox. When the checkbox is enabled, Hard Drive Inspector would send an email
report if either an attribute's value achieves its threshold value, or a HDD is
Note: Some E-Mail clients have such security settings
that the user may be asked whether he/she wants to send an e-mail created by an
application or not.
There are also "Apply" and "Cancel" buttons in the
bottom-right corner of the dialog, which save or cancel changed settings.