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  • Victoria icon

    Victoria

    Victoria - An experimental program to work with HDD. Victoria is a small application designed to assess performance, test and perform minor repairs to your IDE...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.46b, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.
  • HDD Regenerator icon

    HDD Regenerator

    HDD Regenerator is a unique program for regeneration of physically damaged hard disk drives. It does not hide bad sectors, it really restores them!.

    Commercial Windows

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    MHDD

    MHDD is the most popular freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics. MHDD supports these interfaces: IDE, Serial ATA, SCSI. Also there is a possibility to access...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Last version 4.6 was released in 2005. See http://hddguru.com/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/mhdd_changelog.en.html
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    DiskFresh

     DiskFresh is a simple yet powerful tool that can refresh your hard disk signal without changing its data by reading and writing each sector and hence making your...

    Free Personal Windows

  • DRevitalize icon

    DRevitalize

    DRevitalize is a program that repairs bad sectors (physical defects) on popular magnetic media (hard drives and also floppy drives to some extent) by generating a...

    Commercial Windows MS-DOS

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SpinRite Comments

Steve Gibson is a real craftsman and he does commercial sof ...

Comment by newmania
about SpinRite · Jun 2011 · 1 Helpful

Steve Gibson is a real craftsman and he does commercial software right: no DRM, very flexible and simple license.

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Oh how I wish there was a legal, free substitute for this s ...

Comment by Xeogin
about SpinRite · Jun 2011 ·

Oh how I wish there was a legal, free substitute for this software, it's the reason why I found this site.

Xeogin, it all depends on which part of the program you need. I found useful one option, kind of unique to SpinRite - refresh HDD surface, which is read and rewrite the same data back on the HDD. This procedure, done every once in a while, enhances data signal and prevents data loss due to normal/natural demagnetizing of the platter surface. Well, I found one free software that replaces this exact function: DiskFresh by Puran Software. However DiskFresh is better than SpinRite because it runs in background while OS is live, and it doesn't do too many extra moves, as compared to SpinRite. Well, not everything is positive - DiskFresh doesn't recover data, doesn't repair bad sectors (but does report them), cannot show S.M.A.R.T. data, etc., but for that I have other free utilities: Victoria, HDAT2, HDSDOS and many more others to choose from, that all together cost $89 less, that SpinRite. :)

Good luck!

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