Disk Investigator

Disk Investigator

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.61
  • Total Downloads:
    69,339
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 26, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    361.25KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    35
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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As you probably suspect, Windows doesn't show you everything that's on your hard drive. However, Disk Investigator does. It's a free, compact tool that searches your hard drives and displays everything that's on them, bypassing your operating system and reading the raw data, sector by sector. With it, you can examine raw directories, files, clusters, and system sectors, which is especially useful when you're reusing a disk or upgrading your OS. You can also use it to verify the effectiveness of disk-cleaning utilities and even recover deleted files and lost data, in many cases.

This simple but effective tool opened with a dialog-based interface displaying the raw contents of our C: drive in the main window, with a single cluster highlighted. You can select any cluster, click View Cluster, and call up a display of the raw file contents. To the left of the main window are options to view disks or directories, a drop-down menu displaying all disks on the system, and a panel displaying disk information for the selection. The software identified all seven logical disks on our system; clicking any called up the disk's details. There's a handy slider bar at the bottom that lets you quickly move from the front to the back of the disk, and disk search tools, too. Clicking the Directories view changed the main display to a scrolling, color-coded, gridded list view of our system's directories; clicking any entry called up a dialog with detailed information and displayed the directory in the browsable left-hand tree view. There's even a handy Hex Converter tool on the Help menu, which also accesses a fully indexed Help file that explains what the program shows about your disks.

Disk Investigator is fairly unique in its ability to display the raw data on your hard drives. Its undelete capabilities will come in handy to a wide range of users, but those with more experience, such as system administrators and programmers, will get the most of the incredible detail and raw data this fine tool uncovers.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Caution doesn't work as advertised"

February 23, 2013  |  By gc_robb

 |  Version: Disk Investigator 1.61

Pros

None, Nada, and Null (had to have minimum number of characters.)

Cons

Does not allow any undelete function at all and just installs a rebranded Disk Probe. No undelete features at all - though it does install malware and bloatware. Tries to install even more - that is just what you get if you DON'T do the default install!!

Summary

STAY FAR AWAY!! Whatever CNET person reviewed this needs fired.

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2 stars

"Advertised feature not available"

February 11, 2012  |  By ianlav

 |  Version: Disk Investigator 1.61

Pros

Limited pros

Cons

The recover / undelete function "will be available in a future version". In my country, this kind of false advertising is illegal.

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5 stars

"DOS like Power! know wha I mean?"

January 06, 2012  |  By jabrailZ

 |  Version: Disk Investigator 1.61

Pros

The fact that it works as specified. Plenty of RAW Power here without too much OS overhead and obfuscation.

Cons

I would never disparage such a wonderful tool.

Summary

This is for Hardcore Free Thinkers only, na wha I mean?
The author is a Star!

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4 stars

"The tool probably works as advertised"

June 16, 2011  |  By RexBrown

 |  Version: Disk Investigator 1.61

Pros

The tool works.

Cons

The tool was not what I wanted.

Summary

I downloaded the tool looking for something to do a particular job. None of the tools I downloaded would do what I needed but the tool does not particularly advertise that it would so I gave it the same rating as the average.

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4 stars

"Useful when installing new HDD"

April 30, 2011  |  By jkizer

 |  Version: Disk Investigator 1.61

Pros

Easy, effective.

Cons

None I see.

Summary



Updated on May 7, 2011

Still works great.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Kevin Solway
Publisher web site http://www.theabsolute.net/sware/
Release Date April 26, 2011
Date Added April 26, 2011
Version 1.61
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows 98
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 361.25KB
File Name dskinv.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 69,339
Downloads Last Week 35
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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