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

Reallocated sectors, pending sectors and event count. Dealing with bad sectors.

It often goes like this. Your PC is acting weird, sluggish. You can’t put your finger on it. Someone, maybe in an online forum, suggests you may have hard disk problems. The term bad sectors is used. Windows Event Viewer may refer to a bad block. It is then suggested to look at the disk’s… Read More »

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 my data be recovered using file recovery software if …

“Can my 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… 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 Data Recovery If there is an immediate need to recover data from a failing disk, the best advise I can give is to use a file recovery software. Good file recovery software like ReclaiMe or iRecover will allow you to create a… 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 »