Tag Archives: bad sector

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 »

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 »

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 »

JPEG Repair after bad sector damage

JPEG Repair after it was damaged by a bad sector. The following example represents JPEG Repair after bad sector damage (512 bytes) right in the middle of compressed image data. Using a binary editor this data is zeroed. JPEG repair is performed on this image file. File affected by one or more bad sectors typically show… Read More »