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free disk utility

Hi Everyone.  I am looking for something and wondered if anyone might be able to help.  About 5 years ago, I used to use a DOS based utility that could do surface scans and repairs on diskettes, and it would show exactly where the corruption was and allow you to save the unaffected files elsewhere.  I can't remember the name, but would sure like to have it.  Can anyone help or know of something similar?  Thanks.
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Sounds like Norton Disk Doctor, Or the Dos Version of scandisk, Or the really old product called Checkit. What OS do you need it to run on? Dos ver 6.22?
If you are trying to save data from physically damaged disk, you might check out vgacopy. It does not tell you which files are damaged but does a quite good job in reading weak sectors. I found it at:

You may be remembering Central Point or Disk Manager, but I cannot think offhand of any freeware that I'd trust for that. Especially if having ever run a different OS, an additional partition, or compression of any kind.

Maybe it was part of a suite, so as a standalone it looked to be a free add-on?

Skipping the $$$$ good ones.
Free Tool: Site Down Detector

Helpful to verify reports of your own downtime, or to double check a downed website you are trying to access.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Ontrack's system suite (Formerly Mijenix Fix-It Utilities) includes a disk verifier which can determine whether your hard drive, a floppy disk or a cd can be read without errors; and their disk fixer allows you to scan your hard drive or a floppy for errors.
Years ago I used "test drive" by Microsystems. Sounds like what you are talking about. Didn't know where they were today, but a search on the net gave me this:


Take a look to see if it's what you are talking about. I can only find the freeware version on a CD I made of all my old DOS diskette programs. This version only works on 5 1/4 drives. The full retail above lists for $115-$215. Pretty pricy for an old DOS program?!?
mabye diskrite -- a very low-level
utility be very carefull with this one
it can KILL a new HD.
heather47240Author Commented:
Thanks, Everyone, but I think Central Point sounds familiar, I'm going to research that and see if I can get my hands on a copy.  Thanks again.
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