DTI Data is happy to announce the release of an updated version of our most popular freeware: Windows Surface Scanner!
The new version now allows for reports to be printed as to where the bad sectors are, but more impressive is the relationship section, which can tell you what file system components have been damaged. This is a full version data recovery Freeware tool that required no registration.
Often times when a computer is running slow, or having problems accessing files, the hard drive has bad sectors. Windows Surface Scanner is a free tool that will scan the hard drive, report on bad sectors and tell you what’s on the bad sectors and might have problems.
The following file system components are scanned:
- Master Boot Record – If there are any problems within the master boot records, this is where they will be.
- OS Boot Record – This will tell you if there are problems with the Operating System boot-up files.
- Master File Table – The Master File Table is the area of the drive that holds all information about the file system. It has a record for every file stored on the partition. A Master File Table Record stores file information, such as, creation, modification, and last access dates, on disk size and real size, security permissions etc. The most important information the Master File Table stores is the cluster map in the form of runlists. The cluster map stores all the information as to where the file data is actually stored and if corrupted or unreadable as in the case of a bad sector, the file becomes inaccessible. Windows Surface Scanner will alert you to the fact that the MFT is corrupt and may cause problems when accessing certain files.
- File Allocation Table – The File Allocation Table, or FAT, is the FAT32, and FAT16 file systems answer to a runlist. Although not embedded in the File Entry record data, the File Entry Record points to the first cluster in a data run which is reflected in the FAT. The FAT then uses an old school technology called single linked list using a terminator to cap off the end of the run. If the FAT has a corrupt sector then many files may be affected since a single sector in a FAT may hold several linked cluster runs for multiple files. Windows Surface Scanner will indicate that the FAT has a corrupt sector and may be affecting access to some sectors.
You can download the Windows Surface Scanner Here.
The Quick Start Guide can be found here for the Windows Surface Scanner
If your hard drive has a bunch of bad sectors, you will need hard drive data recovery. Call 727-345-9665 for more information or support on Windows Surface Scanner.