HDD Repair Tools: Free And Commercial Choices

by Rod Dunne on January 23, 2011

in Hardware

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There are relatively few HDD repair tools available on the market these days. This is a consequence of the fact that each hard drive is designed independently so no one single tool is going to be capable of fixing them all. Here, I’ll show you how some free and commercial tool choices can be used and how best to use them.

Free options

As regards free tool choices, one of the most commonly used HDD repair tools is Windows own disk checking utility. This software is provided with every version of Windows. It can analyze a hard drive to identify bad sectors and attempt to repair them.

Any sectors that cannot be repaired will be marked off-limits so that no future data is stored into them (and subsequently lost). You can locate this program by going to the properties Window for a specific hard drive, selecting the tools tab and then clicking the Check Now button to enter the error checking section.

Commercial options

Commercial tools are not widely available. Two of the most commonly used products are HD Tune Pro and HDD Regenerator. Both of these products are capable of doing further analysis of hard drive sectors and rectifying a large number of boot sector type faults.

When using any of these products, there are a couple of key things to keep in mind. To start with, always make sure to backup your data first as these tools can move data clusters around the hard drive memory which may result in problems if there are mechanical damage.

Importantly, mechanical damage is something which these software tools cannot remedy. This will require a data recovery expert or PC repair technician. All of these tools need to be able to read the drive in the first place in order to function.

You should also note that using HDD repair tools could make data recovery more difficult at a later stage. Any alteration of data clusters on the disk may result in lost or deleted data being overwritten on the hard drive memory. This makes data recovery more difficult as data clusters belonging to file fragments may be dispersed around the disk.

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