Tag Archives: SMART

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 »




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 »




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 »




Ashampoo HDD Control 2017, 100% discount [Sale ended]

Ashampoo HDD Control, the ultimate health monitoring tool for your hard disks 100% Discount here (offer lasts 3 days): https://sharewareonsale.com/s/ashampoo-hdd-control-giveaway-coupon-sale. Early warning system against hard disk failure. Once a hard disk has failed it is often impossible and unwise to recover data from the disk yourself! If the system and/or the operating system fail to detect a… Read More »




DIY Data Recovery

Vacation is over! I started a new series on DIY Data Recovery. In this series I will write about recovering lost data yourself, some times called ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) data recovery. I’ll try to cover: – Do’s and dont’s. – Different approaches to recovering data. – I’ll go over what you will need to… Read More »




DiskTuna hard disk temperature monitor

DiskTuna offers a safety feature that monitors the hard disk temperature and halts the current operation until it is safe to continue. The monitor is started when you select one of the following actions: defrag, optimize and compact. To determine the hard disk temperature DiskTuna uses S.M.A.R.T., or Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. SMART attribute 194… Read More »




Defrag and SSD hard disks and VSS and more

Quite a bit has changed since the inception of DiskTune, for example SSD harddisks are now widely available. Consensus is that defragging a SSD hard disk is unnecessary and even undesired [1]? Hmm, interesting read. Anyway, it would be a good idea for DiskTuna to determine if a volume resides on a conventional hard disk or a… Read More »