Category Archives: S.M.A.R.T.

HD Sentinel Beta 5.01.5 adds NVMe SSD status support

Just a quick heads up, beta for HD Sentinel 5.01.5  is available here: www.hdsentinel.com/beta5/hdsentinel_pro_setup_5015-jjmfl.zip – detection of NVMe SSD status when Intel chipset RAID controller driver installed: detect complete status of standalone NVMe SSDs and NVMe SSDs configured as RAID (Intel Z270 chipset) – added detection of complete disk status when ASMEDIA ASM1352R external USB… Read More »

Like and win a FREE license for HD Sentinel!

We give away 10 lifetime HD Sentinel Pro licenses (value $29.95)!  We’ll give away a license every 10 likes! Ended! As we have 10 licenses to give away, we reached out goal! We will draw winners later today and announce them on our FB page. Thank you all!!!! What do you have to do? Visit… Read More »

Can data be recovered using file recovery software if …

“Can data be recovered using file recovery software if ..” , or, “can I recover my data after ..” is the most common type of pre-sale question I get. In this article I focus on Windows file systems (FAT(32) and NTFS). Note: In this article we will assume the disk is physically intact: It spins up,… Read More »

Managing hard drive data loss

http://www.itproportal.com/features/managing-hard-drive-data-loss/ Establishing a backup schedule is vital, with intervals at 15 minutes or less which can ensure data availability and greatly minimize loss. Users should also leverage S.M.A.R.T. [Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology] alerts by using them to spot impending drive failures. The S.M.A.R.T. tools and other disc monitoring tools can proactively tell IT when… Read More »

Hard disk diagnostics and bad sector repair using DiskPatch

Using DiskPatch you can repair bad sectors very much like a utility like Spinrite but without the hocus-pocus-factor. Hard disk diagnostics using SMART DiskPatch (DIY DataRecovery.nl) includes a S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic utility. Since DiskPatch runs from a boot USB key it can even check disk health if the PC fails to boot. To create a DiskPatch… Read More »

Why you’ll never see me buy a WD My Passport

Data recovery from encrypted disks is very hard. Numerous data recovery software developers set up honey pots to draw Google search traffic of people looking for software to recover data from WD My Passport drives. Which is kind of dishonest I think. So, I guess you’ll all know, that using commercially available data recovery software… Read More »

Two alternatives to Spinrite

Monitoring and examining a hard disk’s health – Looking for a Spinrite alternative Hard disk diagnostics using Spinrite I did an article on Spinrite and it’s data recovery capacities or claims before. I explained why I do not consider Spinrite a data recovery tool. It does not mean Spinrite serves no purpose at all or… Read More »

Finding out which file is affected by a bad sector

Hard disk ‘repair’ software like Spinrite, DiskPatch or the hard disk manufacturer diagnostic software often identifies bad sectors in the form of an LBA address (logical block addressing). A commonly asked question is, “how do I determine, which file is affected by a bad sector?”. What is bad sector repair? Bad sector repair utilities do not actually… Read More »