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    Windows Surface Scanner Freeware Data Recovery Utility

    This free but powerful software will quickly scan your hard drives and let you know if there are any sector errors. It is critical that all customers thinking about running data recovery software run the Freeware Windows Surface Scanner before choosing their recovery option.
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    Surface Scanner vs. Windows’ check disk tool: the main reason why you would use this is for a quick diagnosis – it is considerably faster than Windows’ built in checker and the scan can be performed from within Windows without a reboot. However, it does not have a “repair” bad sectors option which the Windows utility offers.



    A couple of quick notes:

    How to use: install then run; mount the hard drive you want to check then press “scan”. This can be done from within Windows, no need to reboot.
    Fast: it took about 10 minutes to scan my 5400 rpm 80-gig drive.
    If you encounter many errors: then stop the scan; you now have the information you need, and forcing the scan might further damage the drive and decrease the chances of salvaging your data.
    The verdict: the scan is fast enough that its worth doing every once in a while if your system is acting weird, seeming to work fine in one instance and hanging up the next.

    If you do find bad sectors: the first thing I would do is get my data out of there ASAP. Next you might try to run software that will attempt to apply fixes to the problem. Windows’ own check disk seems to have an option to do that. In any case fix or no fix if you have bad sectors you should start planning to replace the drive immediately

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    Thanks looks a very useful tool

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    Interesting, thank you
    what can this tool do that chkdsk cannot do?:-)
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    Downloaded it but was unable to get it to work. Could not mount media ...

    EDIT: Ok I had to Run it as admin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leofelix View Post
    Interesting, thank you
    what can this tool do that chkdsk cannot do?:-)
    the main reason is for a quick diagnosis – it is considerably faster than Windows’ built in checker and the scan can be performed from within Windows without a reboot. However, it does not have a “repair” bad sectors option which the Windows utility offers.





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    perfect, thank you Zen67:-)

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    Looks like a handy tool. Will give a try.

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    For recovering my data on windows 7 i used the Stellar Phoenix windows data recovery software latest version 4.1 since it was compatible with it . I want to know whether the Surface scanner is also applicable to windows 7 or not.

    Thanks for such a nice post

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    Quote Originally Posted by davison View Post
    For recovering my data on windows 7 i used the Stellar Phoenix windows data recovery software latest version 4.1 since it was compatible with it . I want to know whether the Surface scanner is also applicable to windows 7 or not.

    Thanks for such a nice post
    Hi
    welcome aboard
    yes, it is, you have to run it as administrator
    Last edited by leofelix; 24th November 2009 at 07:54.

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