It's difficult for us to write an unbiased HDD Regenerator review because we use it all of the time in our repair shop. It's the single best tool out there for repairing corrupt hard drives, and we get lots of them in. That said, we'll try to remain objective and give an honest review.
If I mention that we get on average 10 to 15 corrupt drives a week through our medium sized repair shop alone, then you'll see why this is such a big problem. For you to decide whether it's right for you, you first you may need to understand what happens to corrupt a hard drive and why your PC won't start when there is corruption on the disk.
Drive corruption happens quite often to laptops when the power cuts suddenly. This is generally because of the battery going completely flat before the laptop has had time to write all of its data to the disk. The result is a hard drive that has an area on it (called a bad sector) which is unreadable. On restarting Windows, this will give you a problem because Windows needs to know that information. If it's a Windows file then the whole installation is effectively rendered useless as Windows cannot start. This can also happen to desktop PCs, often when the power is suddenly cut or a software crash occurs.
Symptoms of this type of error are computers that boot so far into Windows then display a black screen. Many will restart automatically and end up 'looping'. This is because Windows cannot find the files it requires, it throws an error and your PC will restart automatically on seeing that error. Even safe mode will usually do this looping, a sure sign that you need a tool to repair the hard drive's bad sector errors.
The majority of hard drives with bad sectors have an incorrectly magnetized disk surface. Fortunately, there are solutions and the clever guys at Abstradrome have developed an algorithm which is used to repair damaged disk surfaces. This technology is supports many types of hard disk drives and can repair damage that even low-level disk formatting can't repair. Because of the way the repair is made, the existing information on the hard drive (eg your data and that of Windows) will not be affected.
For our repair shop where we repair Linux and Mac as well as Windows this is simply a brilliant, cross-platform tool.
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HDD Regenerator review - the features
Let's look at the features and benefits of this software
- It can detect physical bad sectors on a hard disk drive surface.
- It is able to repair bad sectors (magnetic errors) on a hard disk surface.
- The product ignores your file system and scans the disk at physical level.
- It can be used with FAT, NTFS or any other file system
- It can read and repair unformatted or unpartitioned disks.
- Starts within Windows environment (XP/Vista/7)
- Bootable CD allows the HDD Regenerator to work on a dead PC
This is an impressive feaure set. The manufacturer also offers:
- A no-quibble 30 day money back guarantee
- Unlimited license period
- Free 1 year minor upgrades (although the software works on all drives exceptionally well)
- Large discounts on major upgrades
When a hard drive is damaged with bad sectors, the disk not only becomes unfit for ue as there are areas which are damaged that you will ultimately write data to. You then also risk losing information you have already stored on it. HDD Regenerator REPAIRS damaged hard disks without affecting or changing existing data so it is one of only a few tools that can actually do this task. Currently none are better so it is worth the investment.
Downloading the disk repair software
Download the trial copy and install to a working Windows computer. You can then create a bootable CD, DVD or flash drive that will run your problem computer and scan the drive for bad sectors, the most common error we see in our workshop.
If you're a bit confused by this, the term 'bootable' means that it starts up from your computer and runs WITHOUT using your hard disk drive that has Windows on it.
So, the program takes about 1 minute to install and when run immediately scans the disk(s) on the PC it is installed on. This is no problem if it is installed on a friend's or family member's PC as it will be simply carry out a very quick scan of the 'SMART' data on the drive. What we now need to do is to create a bootable CD to insert on the dead (or dying) PC.
Create a bootable CD, DVD or USB pen drive
Open the program from the tray icon (bottom right of the screen) or from the 'All Programs' menu. At this point, if you have downloaded the trial version you need to click 'Full version' then 'Buy online'. You can proceed with the trial version but be aware that you will be writing a CD that can only repair ONE bad sector. Because drive scans can take several hours, you might be in for a long wait before you know if the drive is faulty and repairable unless you purchase the licence now. You have been warned 😉
Follow the on-screen instructions to register and now we can select the bootable flash drive or CD/DVD option. Again, follow the on-screen prompts until you have created your bootable medium.
Insert this in your problem computer and run a full scan and repair. It could take several hours depending on the size of the hard disk and the speed of the computer.
Can the HDD Regenerator repair your drive?
The vast majority of damaged hard disks can be repaired by regeneration. You can download the program and try to regenerate the bad sectors, there is a full money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied. If the first found bad sector has been successfully regenerated, it is very promising and you can generally regenerate all bad sectors on your hard drive. If the first bad sector has NOT been successfully regenerated, then you will probably need to recover your data and replace your hard disk drive as soon as possible.
Personally we would advise purchasing this tool over any others currently on the market as the success rates are so high with this tool. HDD regenerator is available direct from the vendor here as a free trial version:
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