Picking the right HDD repair tool involves deciding between using the operating system available tools, commercial options or a manufacturer’s choice. In this post I’ll cover the three options and how each can help with your repairs.
Before using any of these products you should make sure to backup all of your data for safekeeping. In addition, be aware that any HDD repair tool you use will modify data clusters on the drive memory which may make it more difficult to retrieve data at a later stage using data recovery software.
The first port of call for many users whenever a bad sector is detected is to try using Windows own HDD repair tool [Windows Explorer, right-click on a drive, choose Properties, select the Tools tab, click the Check Now button]. This is a basic enough tool capable of scanning the hard drive to analyze the memory sectors.
Any sectors that are corrupted or damaged will be attempted to be fixed. If a repair is not possible then the sectors are marked as off-limits to the disk management system so that no further data will be lost (i.e. no more files are saved to these bad sectors).
Your next choice is to find out if there are manufacturer tools available. Often, the best HDD repair tool is one specifically designed for your brand of hard disk. Check with the support section of your computer maker’s website to see if they provide such administration utilities.
Finally, there are a number of good quality commercial tools you can also choose. HDD Regenerator and HD Tune Pro are probably the two best available at the moment. These are widely used products capable of analyzing a much larger array of problems than the Windows HDD repair tool. Unfortunately, none of these tools come with free trial scan so it is not possible for you to evaluate the health of your drive first before purchase.