Triage a Hard Drive Guide for Technicians

How to Triage a Hard Drive Guide for Technicians With data recovery, your main goal is to get the patient drive cloned/imaged to a healthy drive or image file. If you cannot do this with relative ease, it is, for sure, a sign that something is wrong with the drive. In order to allow us… Read More »




Recover data from a RAW partition using ReclaiMe

To recover data from a RAW partition using ReclaiMe you will need a running Windows system and an additional disk to copy data to.  ReclaiMe File Recovery ReclaiMe is an easy to use, effective tool for file recovery. Download For Windows file systems (FAT, exFAT, NTFS, ReFS) you need to purchase the Standard License For support:… Read More »




Awesome! ReclaiMe Data Recovery Software

ReclaiMe Data Recovery Software is the most easy to use, feature rich and effective file recovery and undelete software. 94% success rate, based on 2015 statistics. (Source: ReclaiMe.com) Google for data recovery software, file recovery and undelete software, and you’ll find yourself lost in literally thousands of applications claiming to be the ultimate solution to your… Read More »




Excellent Hard Disk Sentinel now at version 5

Improvements and enhancements are below. The upgrade is free for registered users. If you do not have a license I recommend the Pro version. More on HD sentinel. HD Sentinel HD Sentinel official website Buy and/or download trial – STD License – $19.50 Buy and/or download trial – PRO License – $29.95 required for read/write non destructive surface… Read More »




Totally off topic …

This picture was taken in Switzerland. In the canton of Ticino (Italian speaking). The name of the valley is Val Verzasca. The name of the village is Lavertezzo.




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. So, I guess you’ll all know, that using commercially available data recovery software you can often recover files. Even after files were deleted or otherwise lost. To protect yourself from this kind of spying you can use hard drive encryption. Disk encryption is a technology which protects information… Read More »




Photo recovery software: Intact previews, but corrupt photos

An often heard complaint after using photo recovery software, is that it shows intact previews, but recovers corrupt photos. How does this happen? The preview is not the actual image data To understand how this can happen we need to have closer look at the internal structures of popular image formats. The most common image formats used… 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 »




Hard Disk Sentinel HDD Health Monitor

HD Sentinel is a memory resident tool that monitors the health of hard disks and solid state drives using S.M.A.R.T.. All hard disks die. It’s a fact of life you better prepare for. In the first place by backing up your data. But even with your data backed up it is good to have an… Read More »