Among all possible ways of storing data, despite their great diversity, the hard disk still does not lose its popularity. Not everyone will risk pouring important information into the cloud, no matter how tempting the conditions of using the service may seem, external media also do not always fit certain tasks, many users prefer to store personal information on internal drives due to the reliability of devices. At the same time, HDDs are prone to malfunctions, which in many cases provokes a malfunction of the operating system installed on the disk or the lack of access to user data. Neither option is unacceptable, so the question requires an immediate solution. In the event of a complete failure of the hard drive, everything is simpler, it will need to be replaced, but most often users are faced with the problem of bad sectors that cannot be read. To diagnose and restore the hard drive is used specialized software. One of the most successful software solutions - HDD Regenerator.
Setup and work with the program HDD Regenerator.
What is the program for?
HDD Regenerator is a simple and effective tool for recovering bad sectors and the surface of a magnetic hard disk. The software uses a special algorithm for magnetization reversal of the surface, while the structure of the data recorded on the disk remains the same. Winchester or Hard Disk Drive, being a mechanical device consisting of several round plates, an electric drive and an information read / write head, wears out over time. The disks made of magnetic material on which information is applied in the process of HDD work rotate at high speed, and the head moves above their surface, performing data processing. In the case when some sections have lost their properties, writing to them becomes impossible, and reading previously recorded files is not performed.
The HDD Regenerator program can detect damaged areas on the disk and repair. When detecting uncorrectable sector errors, the task is to reassign the address of the failed memory cell (one of the reserved values is assigned). Thus, the recording will not be carried out on bad sectors, which will slightly reduce the size of the hard disk, but also reduce the likelihood of errors. During deep scanning, the software detects and fixes problems with the surface; using the HDD Regenerator, the surface is fully regenerated using the reversal algorithm. You can also use the application for diagnosing digital media (USB flash drives, memory cards, SSD, etc.).
The main functions of the program
The software is different in that the scan is performed at the physical level, which provides interaction with unrecognized, unformatted HDD and all popular file systems. All available data is saved on the media to be restored. After installing the software, it is possible to create a bootable CD / DVD or flash drive, in order to use it in the event that the operating system cannot be loaded. The developer improves the product functionality with each update, the latest version of HDD Regenerator 2018 offers comprehensive diagnostics and repair of the hard drive. The main features of the program are:
- Low-level access to diagnose the physical surface of the HDD.
- Detection and treatment of bad sectors, checking for errors and correcting them automatically.
- Identification of physical damage to the surface of the HDD, elimination of detected problems, regeneration by the method of magnetization reversal.
- Ability to suspend the recovery process if necessary.
- Monitoring the status of the hard disk in real time, alerts about changes.
- The SMART function allows you to evaluate the current state of the HDD, the running time, etc.
- Displays information about HDD (general characteristics, temperature, devices, degree of fragmentation and other data).
- Detailed statistics of the procedures performed.
- Creating a bootable media for use in situations where due to problems with HDD can not boot the system. When starting from a drive, the program starts and functions in DOS mode.
- Ability to work in a Windows environment, regardless of the OS version (starting with XP).
To use the program of any of the versions, whether HDD Regenerator 2011, 2016-2017 or 2018 is easy. You can download the software in the shareware version, but activation is required to use all the features. If you have a HDD Regenerator license key, the user will have access to the full functionality for an unlimited period. The HDD Regenerator program has a convenient and intuitive interface, not overloaded with numerous submenus and unnecessary elements, the Russian language is supported, the functionality is easy to learn, which allows even the inexperienced user to use the tool.
Install HDD Regenerator
To take advantage of the possibilities of the software, launching it from a flash drive or in a Windows environment, first you need to download the distribution kit and install HDD Regenerator on the computer. The key and the crack are in the archive with the installer. In general, the procedure is similar to the installation of any other software, so there is no difficulty with this. Perform the following steps:
- Download the program and run the installer.
- The installation wizard will prepare the application for the installation, then click the Next button to begin the procedure.
- We agree with the conditions by ticking the necessary item, and click “Next”.
- By default, the program will be installed in the Program Files folder located on the system disk, if desired, the installation path can be changed by specifying a different directory. Click "Next" and wait for the procedure to complete.
- If you tick the “Launch the program” option, the program will start when you click the “Finish” button. The application icon will also appear on the desktop.
You can run HDD Regenerator directly from the Windows environment or write to an external drive to run from it.
How to use HDD Regenerator
Thanks to an intuitive interface that is not burdened with a lot of settings and a convenient navigation system, it is easy to work with the program even without a crack. There are several options for running the software: from a shortcut on the desktop, from a USB flash drive or optical disk. Let's take a closer look at how to properly use the HDD Regenerator program. The interface offers several tabs, with the transition to each of them, functions are available that allow you to check and repair your hard drive and also write software to the media.
The technology allows you to diagnose HDD, which should be performed before the recovery procedure. It is possible that the hard disk is fully functional and the cause of operating system errors or other software problems is not at all in it. To do this, go to the SMART section, the program will analyze the state of the HDD and display information about the health of the hard drive. If the status you see a state other than "OK", then you will need to perform the recovery procedure.
How to recover a hard disk
In the program window you will see the offer to scan the hard drive, as well as the creation of bootable drives. In the case when it is necessary to perform the repair of damaged hard disk, you must perform several steps. To start, close all active programs except HDD Regenerator and terminate the processes. Recovery Instructions:
- Go to the section "Regeneration" ("Restore") and select from the list "Start Process under Windows" ("Start Process for Windows").
- In the next window, you need to select the hard drive in order for HDD Regenerator to start the recovery procedure, and then click “Start Process”.
- A window will open with a user interface based on entering text commands from the keyboard and text output. To select the type of disk scan and repair from the list of available actions, press "2" on the keyboard (Normal scan) and the enter key.
- Now press “1” (Scan and repair) and Enter to check and correct found bad sectors.
- In the new window, you need to select the start sector by pressing "1" and the enter key, after which the scanning for errors will be launched, the progress of which is displayed in the program window. If errors are found during the checkout, HDD Regenerator will fix them. The process will take some time. Upon completion of the procedure, the user is provided with the reporting information about the work performed (the number of damaged sectors, corrected and not subject to recovery).
How to write a flash drive
The program also offers the ability to create a bootable USB-flash drive or disk. To implement the procedure, connect the USB flash drive to the USB connector on a computer or laptop and perform the following actions:
- In the main window of the HDD Regenerator application, click the “Bootable USB Flash” button.
- Select a USB flash drive, which should be made bootable (if several USB devices are connected to the device, they will appear in the list) and click “OK”.
- A warning window will appear, indicating that all information from the USB-drive will be erased, agree with this, confirming the action with the "OK" button.
At the end of the process, you will have a boot drive, where you can copy the program to boot with the possibility of treatment outside the computer's operating system.
Create bootable disk
The procedure is similar to the previous one, only to burn a disc, you need to insert a CD / DVD disc into the drive and click the “Bootable CD / DVD” button in the main application window. Next, select the desired disk and pressing "Ok" starts the process. To use software from a bootable drive, be it a flash drive or disk, you must specify the boot priority from removable media in the BIOS.
Advantages and disadvantages
Software solution HDD Regenerator provides the user with the ability to independently cope with the problems that have arisen with HDD, without resorting to the services of service specialists. Among the advantages of software:
- Intuitive, user-friendly interface and ease of use (even in the English version).
- Russian language support.
- Work in Windows OS of any version, starting with XP and file system independence.
- Ability to work both in the Windows environment and outside of it (using a bootable drive).
- Repair damaged sectors.
- View statistics on the restored sectors of the hard drive.
- Monitoring HDD status in real time.
- Creating a full-fledged boot device from an optical disk or flash drive.
- The ability to pause the process of scanning the hard drive, then to return to the procedure.
- Security recovery procedure for user data.
The disadvantages include the following points:
- The full version of the product is paid.
- The lack of Russian interface in the official release.
In this case, you can use the free version, its functionality is quite enough for the main tasks, and for those who want to use the program with the Russian interface, it will not be difficult to use the crack.
As you can see, there is nothing difficult in working with HDD Regenerator, it will not be necessary to engage in in-depth study of the settings. With this software, you can restore the hard drive without special efforts with just a few clicks, as well as create a bootable drive, which is very helpful in case of force majeure.