>Was that with Mediatools or Deepspar imager?
You forgot copyr.dma and its bigger brother HD Duplicator, which also have this ability.
>DiskPatch was originally designed for partition table and boot sector repair only, it was initially called >MBR-Rescue. Later on, DiskPatch was already called DiskPatch, a cloning feature was added to address >the fact that we were sometimes unable to scan or repair disks due to unreadable sectors. And we still >'advertise' the cloning feature as such.
Thank you for filling me in on the history of this product. I always looked at DP primarily as a cloning product, so this perspective is most informative.
I am a very cautious person and would therefore be hesitant to attempt any repair unless I first had a clone or recent backups available.
Repair tools are abundantly available, good cloning tools are not. That's why I have always appreciated your excellent DP product a lot, offering professional solutions like adjustable skipping of bad sectors and reverse cloning coupled with your superior and knowledgeable tech support right here in the forum. I read it off and on just to learn about HD recovery and always leave with some additional insight.
The market also seems to go more and more towards windows based tools as your company has also acknowledged in its product line-up. Of course for some things the software needs direct disk access and that is difficult to do safely in windows.
Therefore I think there is a market for another disk cloning tool with direct controller access at a reasonable price, and I don't think it needs to be entirely cloning as some of the other tools mentioned also have a similar breadth of features as DP has.
There also seems to be another relatively open niche for products that do non destructive disk repair like Spinrite and HD Regenerator claim to do. DP also does do some R/W stuff to force sector allocation, but I believe Spinrite (when used prudently) can bypass HD FW automatic sector reallocation and try to recover the bad sector in vitro. Maybe that would also be a nice added feature for DP too.
>Problem with such a product is that it's hard to make it 'trial'. These are also things we need to take in >consideration. We're not in the business to become rich, but we do depend on it for an income.
Of course you deserve to become rich, because you made a great product and helped a lot of people!
You can make a disc clone product demo by allowing the user to check if the drive is detected. Anything else would not be advisable anyway, because a user should not use a dying drive any more than absolutely necessary.
Thanks for your reply. Keep up your good work!