Let’s take a short anatomy class. If the processor of the computer can be compared with the thinking functions of human being brain, the hard disk would be the part of the brain that works to keep memory of things. A huge warehouse where memories are kept, hopefully for life. But continuing with the analogy, just as the human brain hard disks needs to be taken care of and kept healthy to work properly. If they don’t, sooner or later we are going to pay the consequences with tons of lost data, and for sure we won’t be happy at all. The risks involved increase dramatically if you use a notebook (or laptop) to work since its very particular use conditions.
HDDlife for Notebooks would be the doctor of our little story. It will be monitoring and taking care of our disks, letting us know in advance if some problem seems to be emerging so we are aware of it. In addition, HDD life for Notebooks has a proper treatment for every diagnosis and can solve almost any problem. That way, not only monitors and inform us about our hard disks’ health but also take care of it and cure the disks whenever it’s necessary.
If you’re asking yourself why is necessary to use a specific notebooks version, here comes the answer. Some parameters of notebooks’ hard disks are different from those of their Desktops counterparts. For example, the normal working temperature of a notebook hard disks is higher than the Desktop disk, so if you use a regular application to take care of your notebook disk you will be getting false alarms all the time. Another example is the “power schemes” that have a particular importance in notebooks since they work with batteries. So, HDDlife for Notebooks will try not to wake up your system too often preserving the battery charge duration.
How does this electronic doctor works, you might be wondering right now. Let’s try to answer that question. HDDlife for Notebooks is a pretty nice and easy-to-use application with a single window interface. This main window in turn is composed of one or more tabs according to the quantity of hard drives you’re monitoring. That’s to say, one tab per disk. What you see on each tab is some abstract information about the disk’s health: volume serial number, working temperature, work time (life of disk), health status, performance, conclusions and the percentage of used space. You’ll see that in trial version only one disk is supported.
In addition to the commented interface you’ll see three new icon on your system tray (maybe too many): notifications icon, with annoying balloons poping up; temperature monitor icon, showing the actual number of degrees; and disk usage read and write percentages. The good side of the crowded system tray is that you keep posted all the time.
Many options are available for you to set and customize the HDDlife for Notebooks to your needs. Let’s know a little about them:
Language: you can choose from a large list of languages available for the interface.
General: some general settings like load the application at Windows startup, frequency to run tests to the disks, and some check on internet options.
Hard drive temperature: you can select Celsius or Fahrenheit degrees, set the frequency to check the temperature and select colors for notifications according to the gravity of the problem.
Free disk space: you can select the frequency to check free space and set the percentages of urgent and critical free space.
Visual: to set the behavior of the icons on the system tray.
Warnings: you can set some items of warnings and notifications organized into two categories: types and bindings.
Skins: you can choose among the 6 included skins for the application.
HDD statics: you can set the frequency to send statics expressed in hours.
Maybe you won’t need it but is available a full content help file that is installed in your hard drive. Regarding money, you can start working with this tool for 35 dollars.
- Easy-to-use, take into account specific characteristics of notebooks, works in the background, economic.
- Annoying notification balloons on system tray. Limited trial version to only one disk. Higher price than desktop version.