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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 »




Spinrite is not Data Recovery software

Although Spinrite does have it’s used, it is not data recovery software. Even if accidentally recovers your data.