HD-Workbench has been released as freeware.
Use the following registration information:
Many PC users recognize the potential threat of data loss caused by
viruses and take appropriate actions to protect themselves against
virus damage. Not many know however that 'only' about 7% of all data
loss is caused by virus damage while hardware damage is responsible
for 44% of all data loss!(*)
Now that you know, don't you think it's about time you start keeping
an eye on your hard disk's health?
Use HD-Workbench to:
Monitor your hard disk's health using 'Self Monitoring
Analysis and Reporting Technology'. S.M.A.R.T.
is an early warning system that can warn you when your hard disk is
about to fail (**). The early warning allows you to migrate your
data to a healthy disk.
Take proactive actions by scanning your disk on a regular basis.
HD-Workbench allows you to run quick tests, full read-only tests and
full read/write tests. The full tests verify the entire disk's
The read/write surface scan is non-destructive, but there is one
exception: in case 'bad' areas are detected HD-Workbench will try to
persuade the hard disk's internal error management to replace these
bad areas with sectors from the spare sector pool. In such event the
data within the bad areas is lost.
Use HD-Workbench to 'evacuate' data from a potentially failing disk
to a healthy disk by creating a sector by sector copy (including the
MBR, partition tables and boot sectors), or by writing the data to a
raw disk image file (***).
A RAW image file is in fact a sector-by-sector partition copy stored
in a file in raw format (that is, no compression and no skipped
Monitor overall SMART status and
the status of individual SMART attributes
Perform read-only or
read/write surface scans
Reclaim bad sectors
Clone disks sector
Create/restore raw image files
Mount raw image files
Check hard disk temperature
Boot sector backup/restore
FAT, FAT32 and NTFS
file system support
Integration in the Windows
boot menu and safe mode environment
(*) Source: Kroll/Ontrack
(**) Not all physical damage is predictable
(***)A NTFS partition is required to receive the image file