HDDlife is a real-time hard drive monitoring utility with alerts, malfunction protection and data loss prevention functions. This hard drive inspector is an advanced proactive hard drive failure detection system which controls all of your hard drive risks. It uses S.M.A.R.T. technology and works both for single PCs and large computer networks.
Reviewing 3.0.139 (Jun 18, 2007)
Avoid this product and the people who produce it (BinarySense). I've been trying now for more than 2 months to get them to refund the ppurchase price for HDDLife, and they will not do it. They even asked me to sign a statement declaring that I have completely removed all trace of HDDLife from my system before they would refund my money. I printed, filled out, and mailed the form (to Russia!), but 10 weeks later, they still haven't refunded my money. Why did I want a refund? Because I could not get the product to start up after installing, and they repeatedly suggested workarounds that didn't work, until I finally gave up.
Reviewing 3.0.129 Beta (Apr 16, 2007)
- LOWER YOUR VOLUME ! - The extremely, unnecessarily loud warning-sound, even worse than when Kaspersky AV founds a virus, almost made me give it a 3 instead of a 4. (YES, i KNOW You can turn those sounds off, if they wouldn't it would definitely recieve a 3. Tinnitus is a quite high price to pay to try a software that might save Your HD...)
Found problems as soon as i installed it, something like this is recommended if You don't want to use a a diagnostics suite to manually check the SMART status.
It's quite the resource-chunk, starting up slowly and sometimes freezing when changing options.
I wonder if anyone actually buy software like this; You typically just install it to check the status for a week or so and then You won't need it to check the status again for many months to come anyway.
UPDATE - The uninstallation fails due to "another installation currently active", which doesn't work until You manually kill one of the program's processes, even after a restart of the computer. It sometimes also freezes for no reason after a few minutes after booting.
Did they intentionally put "BETA" in the topic because they are too lazy to actually fix the bugs instead? This is too much to be recommended, changing to a 2, since it actually does "work" sometimes.
Reviewing 2.9.102 RC1 (Sep 25, 2006)
Watch out guys! Don't ever try this kind horrorware ! Half year ago after using it within 3 days ate my HDD after . There are many free softs that do the same job but very safe at the same time...
Reviewing 2.8.100 Beta (Jul 28, 2006)
I believe all such programs prevent hard drives from spinning down.
Ironically, the software that is meant to look for premature wearing actually helps to cause it!
Reviewing 2.8.91 RC1 (Mar 17, 2006)
This product ONLY WORKS WITH INTERNAL S.M.A.R.T. technology hard drives. No external drives. I thought this was going to be a good product, but as Zygi says, there are free products that work just as well. I downloaded the demo and only saw my internal 40 GB drive. I have an external USB and FireWire and I assumed I was only seeing C: as a demo/shareware limitation. I purchased it, still nothing. Uninstall and reinstall, still, nothing. If you check the bottom of the FAQ page however, you will find they cannot "control" USB drives. No mention of FireWire. I was not looking to “control” but to monitor. It turns out that even if an external enclosure has a S.M.A.R.T. drive in it, the information is not passed. I guess this is a case of buyer beware.
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