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DiskSmartView v1.21

billon on 19 Jun 2016
  • 70KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Jun 2016
  • Suggested by I am Baas

DiskSmartView is a small utility that retrieves useful insights on the health of your drives. The program uses standard diagnostic data from the "S.M.A.R.T," or Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology data drawn from IDE/SATA disks. This includes the model/firmware/serial number, cylinders/heads, power-on hours (POH), internal temperature, disk errors rate, and more.

This data can help you determine if there are any significant problems with your drive and whether it may be nearing end-of-life.

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Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application Folder
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch DiskSmartView.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: HDDScan
What's new?
  • You can now turn on/off the features added on version 1.20 ('Use ATA Command' and 'Retrieve S.M.A.R.T from USB Drives') Be aware that the 'Use ATA Command' option is now turned off by default, because I got report that it caused a blue screen on RAID 1 system.
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Emka on 2011-02-17 01:00

Does not display anything on my machine (Win7x64, SATA drive)...

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vSubst v1.8.0.2

webfork on 5 Apr 2019
  • 18KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 31 May 2017
  • Suggested by calm_observer

vSubst helps assign virtual drive letters to any folder on your hard disk. It is a graphical interface for the SUBST command. The limitations are:

  • SUBSTed-drives don't operate 100% in networks
  • Some copy-protected CD-ROMs check for the physical presence of a disk
  • Volume-Label is always identical to the host label

NOTE: Website offline, linking to archive.org / softpedia.

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Runs on: Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch vSubst.exe.
Latest comments
Rodders_Dublin on 2009-08-02 13:51

vSubst is handy little gadget.

Ernesto on 2009-08-03 00:01

I am amazed that this programme has come hre this late, I have been HAPPILY using it for years!

Jack on 2009-08-12 13:36

You can also share a folder and permanently map a drive to that share. This way your driveletter survives reboots.

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H2testw v1.4

webfork on 8 Feb 2016
  • 423KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 11 Feb 2008
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

H2testw allows you to test storage devices for one of a variety of possible defects or errors. It is particularly useful for detecting mislabeled / fake flash memory devices, looking at the actual versus reported capacity.

Note that the author recommends backing up the content on the device before running H2testw.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch h2testw.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: USB Memory Stick Tester
Latest comments
Ionut on 2011-03-29 10:12

good program!

NickR on 2015-04-06 17:36

@moronoxyd I agree

I found that
it Write-Tests to Free space only
so no file data will be lost or overwritten

a useful utility for finding the best SD card for the job

Cereal_Nommer on 2018-06-28 12:59

@moronoxyd @NickR
The tool only writes to space the drive shows as free. On a fake SD card that's likely not going to be the same thing as the actual free space. If a fake card reports a larger free space and the tests continue to write to flash, some fakes wrap it back around so newer files overwrite the beginning of the space so the newest files will be most likely to still work.
Unless you're testing known good SD cards it's very important to backup anything on the card you're not willing to lose permanently.

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TestDisk v7.1

billon on 9 Jul 2019
  • 28MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 7 Jul 2019
  • 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.

Category:
Runs on: WinAll
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? No
License: GNU GPLv2
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch testdisk_win.exe.
What's new? See:
https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_7.1_Release
Latest comments
webfork on 2015-12-30 00:36

shnbwmn: The documentation on the website gives an effective breakdown: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

webfork on 2019-06-29 22:21

@juverax: given the nature of the program, I think I'd prefer to list non-beta tools in the entry, as they are presumably the most reliable. Still, good to see they're still making progress. I love this program.

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Visual Subst v1.0.6

billon on 12 Jul 2019
  • 139KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Feb 2008
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

Visual Subst allows you to associate the most accessed directories with virtual drives. It uses the same API like the console subst utility, but makes it easier to create and remove virtual drives with a friendly user interface. Visual Subst can also restore the virtual drives at startup.

NOTE: Program became shareware, linking to Softpedia for the last freeware version.

Category:
Runs on: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract a folder of your choice. Launch VSubst.exe.
What's new?
  • Fixed an error message if drive letter is used by another program.
Latest comments
misan on 2016-05-14 21:00

Works on Win7 64bit.

billon on 2019-04-03 22:32

Updated to version 2.0 and turned shareware

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