Need An Early Warning System For The Health Of Your Hard Drives?
As you may now be aware We've decided to run a small series on some applications we feel are useful to maintain and look after our Pro Tools systems keeping them in top shape for daily hardcore session use, If you missed Part 1 where we introduced a software add-on that allows you to use Apple Mac formatted hard drives on your Windows based Pro Tools PC you can check it out here.
Despite how great and feature packed the Windows Operating System is, There are always some really useful specialist add-on's available from 3rd party vendors that can really make a positive difference to your system and work flow.
Windows-based PC's are such a popular computer platform that there are quite literally hundreds of thousands of possible applications and utilities out there all claiming to make your system run better or make your working life more efficient. However as many of you will know in order to keep your Windows Workstation in tip-top condition it's vitally important to not just install anything and everything that takes your fancy because for every useful, lean and efficient piece of genuinely good software out there are a hundreds of other spyware/virus/malware ridden data hijacking horrible pieces of code masquerading as something good.
So, what's today's recommendation ?
Hard Disk Sentinel
Detect Hard Drive Issues Before Catastrophe Strikes. With Hard Disk Sentinel, you'll always have a complete overview of your hard disk drive's health, so you can spot potential problems before they result in an irrecoverable data catastrophe. Hard Disk Sentinel is your key to identifying, testing, diagnosing, and repairing hard drive problems, even with Solid State Drives.
With Hard Disk Sentinel, you can instantly see reports detailing the total health of your drive, including temperature, self-monitoring data, transfer speeds, and more. Any deviation in these factors could be an early warning sign of impending drive failure! Hard Disk Sentinel also works on hard disks that are being used in external USB or e-SATA enclosures and RAID controllers. No need to use separate tools to verify internal hard disks, external hard disks, SSDs, disks in RAID arrays as these are all included in a single software. If your data is important, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Hard Disk Sentinel today!
I've been personally using Hard Disk Sentinel for several years now both on My Pro Tools Workstations and my storage server. Several times I've been able to spot and resolve problems before disaster has gotten a chance to strike saving my data and preventing the inevitable heart ache.
It goes without saying that any data you own that you would consider to be important should be backed up in more that two separate places anyway but even then dealing with unplanned downtime out of the blue can be incredibly inconvenient even if you already have your data backed up in a safe place.
For example what would you do if you have a session booked and the client is on their way and due to arrive in the next 10 minutes, do you have a spare drive that you could install and recover in time for the start of the session?
Maybe the answer is yes but do you want unwelcome surprises like drive failure out of the blue to test your composure and possibly stress you out?
With Hard disk Sentinel installed you would get a VERY early warning that the drive is beginning to show signs of degradation and you can make sure you plan for a convenient time to replace the drive with a new one and not be forced into it at the last possible (perhaps inconvenient) moment.
The main windows of Hard Disk Sentinel shows you everything you need at a glance such as percentage drive health, drive temperature, drive lifetime so far, estimated remaining lifetime and much more, there is far more detailed information available too and the expanded "Pro" version has even more such as the ability to run from a portable USB Stick.
What's best of all, In all my time of using this software I've found it to have no discernible footprint while in operation and does not cause any extra or obtrusive load on a Pro Tools system neither while recording or mixing. Feel free to leave us any questions in the comments section below and we'll do our best to help.
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So what's next?
Hopefully you'll agree that this is a good start in gathering together some useful tools for your Pro Tools Windows Workstation be sure to subscribe to our blog posts here to get the next installment along with our advice based on years of experience running and building the best Pro Tools Workstations for Windows and if you are in the market for a new machine be sure to check out our offerings ask us any questions you may have and get all the free tech support you could possible need and join the Pro Tools PC family !