The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 4.1
Hard Drive Inspector is intended to provide you with useful information regarding your hard disks’ status. Its nicely designed interface allows you to pick one of the multiple languages available.
It can be operated in two different modes. On the one hand, the standard or simplified mode shows only the most important information about the disk, mostly its health status, including reliability, performance, error resistance and temperature. On the other hand, besides displaying a disk health summary, the advanced mode also shows technical information, like manufacturer, model, capacity and logical drives. As the program uses your disks’ S.M.A.R.T. capabilities, it can also read S.M.A.R.T. attributes in case you would like to perform an in-depth diagnosis. Finally, the reports can be saved to disk or sent via e-mail.
The program’s options allow you to decide on how often disk temperature is checked or when to issue a critical temperature warning. Furthermore, you can configure advanced power management by setting such aspects as performance level, energy consumption and noise reduction.
In general, Hard Drive Inspector is a useful tool. However, most of the information it provides is totally useless unless you know what to do with it. Unfortunately, although the program’s help is quite explicit in terms of its operation, it provides no information of what these data may mean.