Directory Snoop

By Briggs Softworks Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009
If you're willing to invest some time with the manual, Directory Snoop is an effective tool for both rescuing and obliterating data. Its interface looks tricky at first, but the utility turns out to be quite easy to use. Then again, a wizard dialog would be nice for users who'd rather not sweat through the help files. Directory Snoop finds files, allows for filtering and content searching, and even reveals raw hard-disk data cluster by cluster. The shredder function permanently deletes files and clears the disk space using several algorithms, including DoD 3/7-pass and Gutmann 35-pass. You can even eliminate the records associated with deleted files in the Master File table. In our tests, we managed to restore files both from an internal hard disk and a Flash drive. Directory Snoop won't work its magic on damaged disks or partitions, nor can you run it from a bootable diskette if your system has crashed. CD-ROMs are not supported, either. PC novices may be intimidated, but anyone willing to do a bit of reading can leverage the power of this data detective.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 5.11

Version 5.11 fixed "GetNativeSystemInfo" bug on Win 9x systems and "Grid index out of range" bug in search feature when locating offsets over 2 billion.


Release January 8, 2011
Date Added January 8, 2011
Version 5.11

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None


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Developer's Description

Directory Snoop is a cluster-level search tool that lets Windows users snoop through their FAT- and NTFS-formatted disk drives to see what data may be hiding in the cracks. Use Directory Snoop to recover deleted files you thought you'd never see again or permanently erase sensitive files so no one will know they ever existed. Supported media include local hard drives, floppy disks, Zip disks, MO disks, and flash-card devices.

Version 5.03 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.

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