HDD Regenerator is one of those programs that every data recovery pro needs to use. This program is not intended to recover files by it’s self per-say. What it does is repair bad sectors on hard drives. Once the bad sectors have been repaired you should be able to run your data recovery program on the drive and recover most if not all the data. Below is my in-depth review of this product and how I use it along with real life examples.
Program: HDD Regenerator
Supported OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
Price: $59.95 USD (30-Day Money Back Guarantee)
Overall Rating: 10 out of 10
What It Does:
HDD Regenerator scans for, and attempts to repair bad sectors on a hard drive.
HDD Regenerator took less than 20 seconds to install after it computed the required drive space for installation. The total space required was just under 15MB.
Once HDD Regenerator was installed, the user is given three options from the main interface. The first one (which is what we’ll use) is to repair any bad sectors on a hard drive. The other two are only useful if the drive is corrupted to the point where windows will not load. In most cases I run HDD Regenerator in DOS mode with the bootable CD/DVD. For best results I recommend users go this route.
REAL Life Examples of How I Use this Program:
Issue: Customer had hdd crash on them. They had all their baby pictures on the drive. The goal was to recover all pictures or at least most of them on the drive.
The hard drive was a 2.5 IDE laptop drive. Using my 2.5 to 3.5 IDE adapter found in the data recovery equipment section I mounted the drive onto my Desktop computer at the shop. The drive did spin up but you could hear the platter being scratched by the spindle. Windows did not recognize the drive and Recover My Files program did not see the drive.
I booted to the HDD Regenerator disc and started to run the repair program. The hard drive was 160Gigs and the program had to run for 2 days straight. The end result was a total of 100K+ sectors were repaired. I was then able to boot into Windows and with Recovery My files I recovered what I predict was 97+% of the pictures on the drive. A few of the pictures had lines in them which told me that the sector repair was not 100% but close enough to recover almost every image perfectly.
The end result was a very happy customer. With out HDD Regenerator this would not of been possible. I have found no other program that can repair bad sectors like HDD regenerator.
Busienss Data Base Crashed
I was called into a job at the request of the restaurant owner. His main computer that housed the entire restaurant database was done. The support person from the company that ran the resteraunt software was already on site. They told him the data was not recoverable and the drive was corrupt. He had NO BACKUP! Sales, employee hours and all kinds of other things were on the drive.
What needed to be done was to recover the ntfs partition that was corrupt. The hard drive was failing mechanically but still could spin up. What ended up happening was I used HDD regenerator to repair the bad sectors on the drive. Scan for this was a few hours. Once that was done. I used Recover My files to repair the NTFS drive and recover the partition. From there I cloned the drive onto another hard drive.
End result I was able to recover 100% of the client’s computer. I installed the new hard drive and all was right with the world. I also up-sold a external hard drive and installed Acronis data backup onto the computer so they would not have to worry about the hard drive crashing again as they would have a backup image of their computer.
For the sake of brevity, I chose to scan a 4GB drive for any bad sectors. (Yes an OLD 4 Gig Drive)
Once the drive was selected, a DOS based subsystem of HDD Regenerator popped up, and had me select one of 4 options. The prescan mode only detects bad and delayed sectors, and takes almost the same amount of time to execute as the normal scan. The only difference between the two is that the normal allows for the recovery of bad sectors. The version info displays version information about HDD Regenerator, while the Statistics option shows the information gathered about scans already performed.
After selecting to do a normal scan, the user is given the option to scan and repair, scan, and regenerate selected sector(s) of a hard drive, regardless of whether or not they are bad.
Here is a screenshot of the scan/repair mode in action.
While the scan is in progress, the user is also free to scan other drives simultaneously, and each drive that is being scanned is listed in the “Processing” box.
Once the drive is scanned, the user can then choose to view the data generated by HDD Regenerator. A subsequent scan showed the same sector as having a delay.
Ease Of Use:
HDD Regenerator’s interface should be sufficient enough for even a novice user to handle.
HDD Regenerator was quick and easy to install, took up very little hard drive space, and was fairly quick in performing the tasks it was set out to do. The interfaces were fairly straightforward and easy to follow. I would recommend this tool to anyone interested in repairing and recovering possible bad sectors on a hard drive.
Quick installation, minimal hard disk usage, fast and accurate performance.
If you are scanning a large drive like 1 TB you can expect the program to run for a day or so as it will have a lot to scan. If there are many bad sectors on the drive this will slow down the process.
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