Thursday 27 July 2023

What's new in version 9.18:

  • Added support of 'data entropy' map:
    - In disk imager, added possibility to save 'data entropy' map during imaging (low and high resolution);
    - Added option for visualization of entropy map during imaging (with synchronization to imaging and to map of defects);
    - Added possibility to visualize saved 'data entropy' map via 'Enable a block status map' tool;
  • In map visualization GUI:
    - Added possibility to change dynamically the size of grid cells;
    - Added support of statistics on 'data entropy' map;
  • In RAID builder:
    - In context menu of selected set, added 'To a new RAID' tool to create a RAID on a subset;
    - Added also comparison of selected items via 'Compare storages' context menu option;
  • Added support of multi-volume configurations of very old Drobo DAS devices;
  • In disk imager:
    - Changed two-pass imaging to multi-pass imaging by adding optional one or two pre-imaging stages (with no retries on defects);
    - Added optional pre-imaging stage 0 - to quickly skips slow and damaged areas for fast imaging of 'healthy' areas;
    - Added one more pre-imaging stage to run on slow areas and to skip areas with defects (postpone them to the 'normal' stage);
    - Added possibility to override number of retries and read timeout for the final imaging stage;
  • Built-in viewer now supports displaying the contents of certain archive file formats:
    - Added support of Zip, TAR, GZip and BZip2 archive container formats (including .tar.gz, .tar.bz2);
    - Added content decompression for Deflate, Deflate64, BZip2, LZX, LZMS, LZMA, MS XPress and plain content streams;
    - Added limited support of Windows IMage (WIM) file format (only individual files in current format);
    - Support of preview of contained files;
  • In 'file search' result: added missing color and file status indication;
  • Added displaying of the number of files in scan result folders;
  • Disabled the indication of the folder metadata size (to avoid confusion with the size of contained files);
    - Added possibility to re-enable this function in the software settings;
  • Fixed issue displaying color progressive (one scan per component) JPEG images as greyscale;
  • Reworked support of ISO9660 file system.

Tuesday 27 June 2023

What's new in version 9.17


  • Added basic function of volume address translation to a file system file/folder and the offset inside;
  • In RAID Builder: added tool to build 'a copy of RAID' - it allows to build several different configurations from the same source;
  • Added support of older 3Ware RAID metadata format for automatic RAID construction;
  • Added support of message activation in file copying message log:
    - Activation of file-related event now opens container folder and selects the associated file;
    - When events are automatically redirected to a file (due to log overflow), activation of redirection event record will open the log file;
  • In disk imager:
    - Changed log format for better compatibility to forensic imaging (also included information about forensic bridge, imaging status etc.);
    - Better handling and indication of image write errors;
  • SMART tool:
    - Refresh operation is made asynchronous to prevent UI from freezing on long updates;
    - Proper indication of SCSI 'not ready' status (including running FORMAT UNIT command);
  • Reworked file copying with replacement of 'unsafe symbols' (such as '/', '?' etc.):
    - Under Windows: unsupported symbols on a source file system are changed to special Unicode symbols (macOS-style) on a target;
    - Under Linux: all 'unsafe symbols', except '/' are now allowed;
    - Under macOS: all 'unsafe symbols', except '/' and ':' are now allowed;
    - When source file system contains macOS Unicode replacement symbols, they are changed to 'original' ones in the user interface;
  • Minor fix to ReFS3 file system (to support a variation of metadata format);
  • Fixed bug with EFS-encrypted files, recovered with full-disk scan stage;
  • Fixed bug scanning volumes with compressed files on NTFS;
  • Fixed bug processing extended attributes on XFS file system;
  • Legacy HFS file system: now displayed and preserved file creation/modification dates.

Monday 12 June 2023

What's new in version 9.16:


  • In disk imaging task (on demand imaging):
    - All supported data protection/write-blocker adaptors are now 'recommended' type of source (storage protection from activity of running OS);
    - Fixed several bugs (retries, 'source loss' condition etc.);
    - Changed default configuration for Tier1 imaging (no extra retries, enabled two-pass imaging);
  • Added sharing of 'file type check' information from scan result to filtered scan result;
  • Added possibility to enable log file (journal) scan for quick scan of NTFS file system (default is 'off');
  • EXT3/4 (In 'quick' scan/indexing): processing of journal is now made optional (default is 'off');
  • Intel Optane: reworked cache mapping algorithm and added support of linear (spanned) cache zone;
  • RAID50/60 support: Added reverse address translation for RAID builder GUI;
  • iSCSI target (server):
    - Fixed compatibility issue with open-iscsi client (iscsiadm);
    - Added proper reproduction of defect blocks via iSCSI (verified with default Windows initiator and Linux open-iscsi);
  • Drobo BeyondRAID: speed-up of general read/scan operations (especially for non-allocated storage space);
  • Added support of hardware RAID on JMicron chips (including QNAP TR extension boxes);
  • Added recognition/support of certain WiebeTech (CRU) and Tableau (Opentext) data protection bridges/adaptors;
  • In the general disk imager (image at once):
    - Speed optimization for EWF (E01) image file creation;
    - Speed optimization for SDLSP format (especially on a LAN target);
  • EXT3/4 file systems:
    - Faster (optimized) processing of file system journal - by caching it to memory;
    - Faster 'open' for existing big EXT3-4 volumes;
  • Fixed issue with support of SATA M.2 SSD via Realtek USB-to-NVMe bridge chip;
  • Added support of drives identification and SMART access on IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection;
  • In embedded viewer:
    - Added several unsupported camera raw formats (and fixed couple of related bugs);
    - Significantly reduced number of access attempts to storage when defect block is detected.

What's new in version 9.15:


  • In the 'Open thin-provisioned volume' tool:
    - Added a function to open a volume in case of partial metadata damage ('ignore errors' mode);
    - Added support of 'thick' volumes (with pre-allocated space);
  • In the general storage decryption dialog: added support of constant initialization vector;
  • Some optimizations of GUI for default (double-click) actions (to decrypt encrypted storages etc.);
  • Some optimizations of 'Drives/Bridges security' tool (to speed-up detection, get rid of unnecessary volume unmounts etc.);
  • RAID5 and RAID6: added an option to generate virtual defect blocks explicitly instead of using pattern fill (to sort good/bad files basing on defects);
  • RAID builder GUI:
    - Added support of RAID50 and RAID60 as separate RAID types;
    - Pattern display grid is also adopted to RAID50 / RAID60;
    - Added a configuration parameter for virtual reproduction of defect blocks on over-degraded areas (RAID levels 5, 6, 50 and 60);
    - Added stripe of size 512 bytes to the stripe size selection list;
  • Drobo RAID: added bitmap support for cache, fixed bug with adaptive RAID reconstruction;
  • Added support of direct access to SMART/identification of NVMe storages on USB adaptors with Realtek, Asmedia and JMicron bridge chips;
  • Under Linux: added support of direct access to NVMe SMART/identification information;
  • In SMART monitor:
    - NVMe: added indication of maximum (warning) temperature and current TBW (terabytes written) basing on NVMe SMART;
    - SAS: added displaying of G-list size for SSD; also added TBW estimation (both SSD and HDD), basing on Log Page 02h information (WRITE log);
    - SATA SSD: added displaying of TBW estimation using F9h SMART attribute, when available;
  • Under Windows: added system (OS) file cache size to software settings - to control system memory use when working with image files;
  • Few corrections to FAT/FAT32 scan procedure (to support several previously unsupported metadata damages);
  • Added support of several recent digital cameras (RAW formats) to embedded viewer.

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What's new in version 9.18:

Added support of 'data entropy' map: - In disk imager, added possibility to save 'data entropy' map during imaging (low and ...