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HDDScan v4.0

billon on 17 Jan 2018
  • 8MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by AlephX

HDDScan is a feature-rich disk diagnostics tool with a variety of low-level tools. It supports IDE/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, SSD drives, external USB/Firewire hard disks, flash cards and can scan the surface, view SMART attributes, adjust AAM, APM (Power Management), monitor temperature etc.

Note the program shouldn’t be run from a read-only device/media.

Category:
System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Avoid starting program from read-only device such as a CD or write-protected flash device.
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HDDScan.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PassMark DiskCheckup, CrystalDiskInfo
What's new?
  • New Look.
  • Windows 8-10 support.
  • Multiple bugfixes.
Latest comments
Ruby on 2010-12-10 06:56

@hugh_h You can try GMER http://www.gmer.net/ Scroll to the downloads there's also and mbr and userland rootkit detector.

nunz on 2013-06-16 22:30

Latest official link:
http://hddscan.com/download/HDDScan-3.3.zip

Non malicious web site according to virus total (checked with 38 site checkers)
Non malicious files according to virus total. Clam claims it could be a PUA but only because it performs low level analysis of a hard drive (which of course is its role in life).
My company, virusbusters, has used this program for over four years now with no issues. It has passed every antivirus scan of our systems and we run hundreds of them
The file is a zip file and opens in 7-zip and using windows XP compressed file explorer.

webfork on 2016-01-12 22:43

This program worked beautifully in testing an old external hard drive that was behaving strangely. Instead of relegating it to a secondary backup drive, it now looks to have plenty of life left.

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USB Disk Ejector v1.3.0.6

billon on 3 Dec 2017
  • 4MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Dec 2017
  • Suggested by milentechie

USB Disk Ejector allows you to quickly and easily remove USB devices. It is useful when dealing with devices that refuse to eject, multiple devices, or if you don't want to see the "Now safe to remove this device" dialog. The program includes a variety of available advanced features including hotkeys, has available post-eject actions and more.

Functional from the command-line.

Category:
System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch USB_Disk_Eject.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: ProEject
What's new?
  • Added /CFGDIR command line switch - this lets you specify a different location for the cfg file that stores all the settings. Normally this file is located in the same directory as the program, but some people wanted a way to change this.
Latest comments
GtAkReYz on 2008-09-19 09:43

aka Muttley, try to disconnect 5 USB devices using that method and then try to disconnect the same 5 USB devices with this program. Then you'll see the difference... It's just much easier, and requires less clicks in diferent places! ;)

JCATech on 2008-09-23 20:41

I'm using this program for over 8 months without any problem.
It works great, a run an autoit script that close Pstart and other custom programs from my USB drive and then executes the USB Disk Ejector.

shsa546 on 2011-11-18 08:04

Didn't work for me on win7 pro ent sp1!

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HDHacker v1.6.5 Updated

billon on 30 May 2020
  • 559KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 30 May 2020
  • Suggested by milentechie

HDHacker is a utility that saves, visualizes and restores the MBR (from a physical drive), the boot sector (from a logical drive) or any sector on a disk. It can be used to save and restore a particular boot manager (e.g. LILO). It can also be used to backup the MBR or boot sector so that they can be restored later if corrupted.

Category:
System requirements: WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch HDHacker.exe.
Latest comments
MIKLO on 2016-06-15 13:17

I'm curious who has used this and what they think.
MIKLO

joby_toss on 2016-06-15 13:37

I hope I never have to use it...

MIKLO on 2017-07-22 15:46

Well a year has gone by and no new info on this software, guess I will just have to be curious :P I do agree with @joby_toss
MIKLO

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PassMark DiskCheckup v3.4 (Build 1003)

billon on 16 Jan 2018
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 3 Feb 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

PassMark DiskCheckup is a disk diagnostic tool that monitors the disk drive for possible long term drive failure indicators via SMART sensors. This includes 'Spin Up Time', number of start/stops, number of hours powered on, and temperature all displayed with the threshold value for that attribute. Users can evaluate drive reliability by observing if the value is close to or below the threshold.

It is recommended that system drives at threshold be replaced or shifted to backup / redundant data storage.

Category:
System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: Administrator rights
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Move the contents of {app} to a folder of your choice
  3. Launch DiskCheckup.exe
Similar/alternative apps: CrystalDiskInfo, HDDScan
What's new?
  • Added:
    • Support for retrieving NVMe SMART info in Win10;
    • Check for 'SanDisk' in the model name and if detected, do not perform byte order reversal;
    • Check for 'THNS' (Toshiba) string in model name and if present, do not perform byte order reversal.
  • 'ECC size' and 'Buffer size' are now reported as 'N/A' if the value is 0.
  • Fixed low disk space warning incorrectly appearing for large drives (ie. > 1TB).
Latest comments
mranonymous on 2011-08-01 09:47

newer version (older one not avail) is not extractable with "Universal Extractor V1.6.1" nor with 7-zip.

I am Baas on 2011-08-01 11:52

@mranonymous

You need to update Inno Setup Unpacker in the bin folder of Universal Extractor.

Sven85 on 2013-12-17 14:34

Change one of the following files in "localization.txt":
localization,1.txt (English)
localization,2.txt (Spanish)
localization,3.txt (German)
localization,4.txt (Chinese)

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DriveImage XML v2.60

billon on 20 Jan 2017
  • 2MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 20 Jan 2017
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

DriveImage XML allows you to backup any logical drive or partition to an image file, even if the drive or partition is currently in use. You can browse an image file, view/extract files from it, or restore the image to the same or different drive. It also has a function to help you clone one hard disk to another.

Category:
System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: None. (Don't check the logging option.)
Dependencies: Administrative rights
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Partial. The program itself doesn't support unicode, but it uses Windows Shadow Copy for backing-up.
License: Free for non-commercial use
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and install to the default folder.
  2. Copy all files (except Uninstall.exe, INSTALL.LOG and install.sss) to a folder of your choice.
  3. Uninstall the program.
  4. Launch dixml.exe.
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Midwest Dave on 2011-01-22 19:11

I have my doubts regarding how "portable" this program is. I know it's popular...but portable...not so sure. I decided to try running it in a sandbox (Sandboxie). It wouldn't even install in the sandbox. Makes me think this program is trying to install a driver and sandboxie is stopping it. If so, then it's not portable in my sense of the word.

webfork on 2011-01-23 18:21

Dave: Many programs that have access to system areas and require admin rights are difficult to effectively virtualize by Sandboxie or other programs.

abc on 2012-01-13 01:28

I really wanted to try this but it kept crashing on Vista.. I guess I'm stuck with Clonezilla (not such a bad thing, actually)

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