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Disk2vhd v2.01 Updated

Midas on 9 Jul 2014

Disk2vhd is a utility that can create live "snapshots" of Windows volumes, allowing you to duplicate/backup systems while running. The program creates Virtual Hard Disk files (.VHD, Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) from physical disks and can be used in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs).

The program uses Windows' own Volume Snapshot capability added starting with WinXP to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is saved to a different disk than ones being converted).

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System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder, and a single registry key as with all Sysinternal applications.
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch disk2vhd.exe.
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Checker on 2014-07-06 10:37

@ Midas: Thanks ... and updated ;)

Hawk on 2014-07-09 12:27

Wrong download link. This is the correct: http://download.sysinternals.com/files/Disk2vhd.zip

Midas on 2014-07-09 13:33

It was http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/Disk2vhd.zip -- it's unusual for MS to have a case sensitive path. Changed.

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TestDisk v6.14 Updated

Midas on 6 Jul 2014
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

TestDisk is a powerful drive and data recovery software that is designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. This can be caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses, or of course human error (such as accidentally deleting your partition table).

The program is cross-platform with recovery tools for a long list file systems and includes the also-portable recovery software PhotoRec.

Note: Use with caution; it's recommended that you read the documentation and take your time. The software can easily made dramatic and difficult-to-reverse system modifications.

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System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: GPL
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.
What's new? see http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_6.14_Release
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Tomdebomb on 2010-02-18 08:58

Works great even recovering lost partitions intact which a lot of recovery software can not do.

webfork on 2010-06-04 19:03

Partition table got corrupted and this program was able to get my files off the drive. Whew.

Specular on 2014-02-21 03:08

Seriously great utilities. Helped recover several GBs of files from an external drive that became unrecognized in Windows.

Used the image creation tool to first create an image, then used PhotoRec to recover the contents (probably could have skipped the image creation part in hindsight). The only downside to the process is PhotoRec takes forever to complete, and was the filenames were lost.

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PartitionRecovery v1.0

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013
  • 375KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

PartitionRecovery is an application to recover the partitions which have been accidentally deleted. It works with FAT32 and NTFS partitions.

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System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: none
Dependencies:
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch it by double-clicking on PartitionRecovery.exe.
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linuxamp on 2007-11-30 21:21

Not much help if you're trying to recover your unbootable Windows partition unless you have another Windows PC from which to run this Windows app.

Marc on 2007-12-02 01:05

The Tools doesn't work. It generates a C++ error and the author doesn't react on emails

NuLL on 2008-08-22 15:04

@ linuxamp
Or a Live XP boot cd, like Bart PE.

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CD Recover

Andrew Lee on 12 Feb 2013
  • 40KB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by AlephX

This is a lossy file copying program i.e. it will skip those parts of the file it cannot read without aborting. It is optimized for recovering corrupt video data from CDs. It can be configured to skip a certain number of kbytes on read error, or to keep on trying under the read succeeds.

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System Requirements: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista
Writes settings to: None
Dependencies:
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the single EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch the program by double-clicking cdcopy.exe.
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Pedro Reyes on 2008-09-18 00:34

Link Broken

HomerJ on 2008-09-29 07:40

Downloadlink still broken.

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