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Giveaway of the day — HDD Mechanic Standard

HDD Mechanic is the ultimate Disk and Data recovery tool.
$139.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 692 (67%) 347 (33%) 78 comments

HDD Mechanic Standard was available as a giveaway on November 27, 2012!

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Safely free up disk space with Smart Disk Cleanup!

HDD Mechanic recovers files from formatted, re-partitioned and inaccessible hard drives. Equipped with smart scan algorithms, the tool analyzes the entire surface of the hard drive looking for characteristic file signatures. This allows HDD Mechanic to recover information from disks with badly damaged, missing or empty file systems.

Resolving all types of problems that can occur with FAT and NTFS hard disks and flash drives, HDD Mechanic can recover deleted files and folders, undelete files erased from the Recycle Bin, and restore information from formatted, corrupted and inaccessible disks.

System Requirements:

Windows 98, Me, XP, Vista, 2003 Server, 7

Publisher:

Recovery Mechanic

Homepage:

http://recoverymechanic.com/hard_drive_recovery/hdd_mechanic.php

File Size:

14.3 MB

Price:

$139.95

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#76

this is a waste of time...i lost some stuff on my external hd and ran the program...well, it found everthing but would not let me get it back...a waste of time

Reply   |   Comment by wiley  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#75

Answer to Nurd (comment #19)
Their correct address is simply Seattle, WA...NOT Washington D.C.
Correct zip code for Seattle.
I've written them regarding their mistake.

Reply   |   Comment by Don Bernstein  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#74

#2 Janet & #39 RecoveryMechanic Support --- Janet, you´re issue with the HDD is a partition problem and can´t be repaired with a FAT/NTFS tool...

If you got a boot virus on the HDD then must you use a second PC to fix the problem to avoid damage on your daily used PC.

But you need a special tool like TestTool to repair partition problems.

Reply   |   Comment by Trucker  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#73

I've been using this program since this morning, and I'm SO HAPPY it's on GAOTD right now. It's really a godsend. I used Testdisk to create a .dd image file from a failing hard drive, and I was able to use this program to MOUNT and RECOVER files from an HFS+ (Mac OS X) partition. The only problem is that each file has an extra .efs_ntfs appended to each file extension, so I have to delete that before I can use the file I just recovered. I emailed support about it, and I'm seeing what they have to say about it. But color me impressed, because I'm able to do this partition and file recovery from Windows, instead of having to mess with command line linux. I couldn't spend $130 on it, but for a lower price (ie $30, maybe $40) I'd be willing to buy it. My data is important, but not $130 important.

Reply   |   Comment by KennethJ  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#72

#41 Techless

Though Recovery Mechanic advises to install this as a portable application (i.e. saving the executable directory on a flash drive), the install program will make the unwanted registry entries to the system that it is installed with.

When you leave such orphaned context menu, driver & DirectX entries in the registry after "uninstalling" the offending software, it makes Windows become unstable. How unstable it becomes can vary, and problems increase over time as you use more such offenders. The net result is that reinstalling Windows is often the only viable repair method.

Sloppy program design should not be rewarded.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#71

Ok, right off, and booting from its download onto USB, and with the GOTD registry properly entered and accepted from the downloaded computer, here's my findings:
1. Availability is misspelled as it searches for drives. Bad sign.
2. When the application opens, it still states Evaluation Version with Enter Key in blue. Ugh...stupid, so far.
3. Redownloaded from GOTD onto the damaged computer's functioning primary disk, copied the info from .txt, entered it,and the key button disappeared. Sheesh.

Folks, with with it states for FULL recovery, its going to be a long time for 931 gb to be acted upon. We'll see if that's even possible to review in the time alloted today. And, please don't you yuckster newbies NOT downgrade my real analysis here, for it reveals how little you understand these machines operation. My experience began at IBM in Boca Raton in '81, where its PC was "hatched", and nothing is "poof" just cause you wish it, capice? Go play on FB or play a game.

4. 6:23 minutes into it, 2701 folders, 518512 files

Reply   |   Comment by AntonYoo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#70

Uninstalled Recovery Mechanic in Win8 x64. Left a lot of remnants that CCleaner found. It also did not remove itself from the start menu and I can not figure out how to do that. CCleaner is not removing it but when you click on the program or uninstall it goes to the Desktop and does nothing. The program is gone but not forgotten as I would have liked.

Reply   |   Comment by LancasterPA  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#69

To RecoveryMechanic_Support, My neighbor just got her computer back from being repaired because her screen was flickering. After a month she got it back to find a password was required that she never initiated. She contacted the repair company that told her that is the way they received it from her. I did what I could and the computer showed no operating system found. The bios and the hdd is locked and I can not put on another windows OS. I believe since they had this 4 weeks and never contacted her for a password, that they bricked the hard drive because they did not have a clue in what they were doing. The screen problem was a simple 1/2 hour fix for a bad contact. I just wanted to reuse the hard drive and hoped this program will do what it states, restore information from formatted, corrupted and inaccessible disks. Am I wrong? This looks like a formatted inaccessible disk. Now you know why we don't have the password. This person is a senior who I hoped to be able to help to keep in touch with her kids and grand kids. I am just trying to do a good deed with out having to buy a new disk for her. Acer was no help because the computer is out of warrentee unless she wants to spend $100 for their service.

Reply   |   Comment by LancasterPA  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#68

I wish to thank Giovanni and CompNetTeach for their comments.
I did not install this software.
I have 2 well maintained hard disks in good condition in my PC.
I use Acronis to do Full Backup of both hard disks regularly, to external portable hard disks.

If you have only 1 hard disk in your system, then does it make sense to install this software? How will you use this software to recover the hard disk if it has already crashed? This is a catch-22.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#67

Uninstalled, reinstalled. Many times. With and without any virus protection. Program starts, asks for admin; I grant and it ends. Every time. Running win 7 ultimate 64 bit. And up to date.
Got an email back from company to install without any protection. I tried - it still doesn't work.

Suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Ande Taub  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Hi Ande,

try to run the program via the list of installed programs in your Windows Start menu.

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#66

impressive!
about a year ago I lost my XP OS (separate partition) on Latitude x300.
I was playing with some USB stick formatter, and managed to delete my OS partition, what I discoverd on next boot.
I had no chance to see my lost files till today's giveaway, although I tried with some recovery software. Today I looked at my text files and recovered Fennec (portable). Now it's time for sleep.

Reply   |   Comment by ants  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#65

Installed onto an USB and registered just fine on Win 7 64-bit. If recovery software isn't portable it's useless ;) Got a 32-bit version though.

HDD Mechanic claims to recover corrupted and inaccessible disks and partitions. Some fine print at the bottom of their site states recover entire hard drives that suffered a system failure. But I have my reservations. Like already pointed out by Ivan, if your HDD is failing and inaccessible it's most likely a hardware failure. No program in the world will be able to access that HDD programmaticaly and most likely it'll do more damage than good. In such a case you'll either have to bring it to a dedicated recovery company or count your losses.

Tested on a few other USB thumbdrives. I deleted files and then moved new files into the USB and moved them out again (no delete). Then did a recovery. HDD Mechanic found very little of the previously deleted files.

I'm not surprised. This kind of program performs best right after the accident. Any additional write operation to the disk will destroy old data reducing chances of success. I brought those chances down on purpose just to see if HDD Mechanic would surprise me. Nope, only surprise sofar is the price tag.

Regular recovery is also as expected. Found some, missed others. It's always very hit and miss, all recovery programs use different algo's and tactics for scanning and recovery. Thusfar I've seen nothing special to warrant the heavy price tag. Actually, considering that it's even disappointing because for that money you'd expect it offers atleast the same as Spinrite, but it doesn't even come close.

I do have a few other gripes as well:
* Afaik it doesn't take advantage of any of the builtin hardware/firmware recovery features so it's hardly a 'mechanic'.
* Doesn't recognize drive labels. I plugged in every external storage device I could find, they're all labeled (NO NAME). Seriously?
* On their site they claim Boot CD to boot into fully operational Windows XP, 2003 or Vista GUI. For just 10 MB installed that's either a damn small image or this feature isn't included in this GOTD or it simply doesn't exist. I couldn't find an option alluding to this anywhere. Which brought me to this:
* Seriously weird behavior when trying to open the help files. Only thing I got was an hourglass. After some 30 secs I decided to check with ProcessExplorer and instantly ProcessExplorer's help opened. Tried that routine again but this time with Notepad++ and I got it's About screen. With Opera I got the Opera help page. But no HDD Mechanic help files.

So its GUI is a rather buggy failure (not comforting at all), there's an imaginary boot CD and then there's also the heavy pricetag (even Recovery Mechanic at $40 is too expensive) and the nonsensical pricing scheme. A Pro License for $400 and still you'll have to pay extra for 24 hour support LOL get real. The net has no business hours. Imho Recovery Mechanic (the company) should spend more time on developing their software rather than trying to milk the cow.

Uninstalled and thumbed down. Thanks anyway GOTD.

On a sidenote: This is why I'm such an avid supporter and donator for freeware, especially Open Source. Those people are dedicated to creating the best software available, they're honest in their claims and failures and overall far more fun to deal with than big companies. I donate $500-750 per annum on average and I'm all too happy to do so because I know the people who receive it are worth every penny.

Reply   |   Comment by dany  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#64

Correction to #58

Recovery Mechanic has stopped working "Close the program

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#63

Tried to install twice (W7 Professional), everything seemed to be installing as normal, left 'run program' checked and clicked finshed and - nothing! No program opened, no shortcut on desktop, can't find anything similar to 'HDD Mechanic' either through search function or among applications. Where is it? What's it doing to my machine?! Will uninstall if I can find it, or perhaps have to restore to an earlier date. Abundant expletives!!!

Reply   |   Comment by kevindall  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#62

#28 - You stated "HDD Mechanic can be installed on any Flash Drive or External Drive.(Can be portable). Yes, you can install it on a Flash Drive and register it when it is attached to that PC, but once you remove the Flash Drive and put it in another PC then it comes up stating "Order Online" and Enter Key" this also happens if you put it back in the original PC. Therefore this is NOT portable.

Reply   |   Comment by gabbynot  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#61

Many thanks for this , Installed flawlessly on Win7 x64 and was able to recover files from a HDD that was reformatted a while ago , I'm very happy with this Program and would like to thank both Recovery Mechanic and GAOTD for this great addition to my toolbox .

Reply   |   Comment by Ozzman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#60

>> Comment #55:
@45 – Sorry, what you mean by “label” at “1. create a label on the desktop.”
I have installed and want to re-install now the new version.
tks

1) Create a shortcut of the program.
Sorry.

>> Comment #56:
Re #45 instructions for deregistration:

1. create a label on the desktop.

Um. What’s a label? Is that what they call program shortcuts in Washington, DC, Oregon?


Thanks for Your correction.

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#59

>> Comment #53

Installed fine. Had an external 1Tb backup drive that just got corrupted by a damaged os (lost some disk sectors, not malware). Took the backup drive to another PC and it appears as empty. Tried HDD mechanic to see if it could find any data. Nothing, nada, zilch. So at least in this case, it did not help at all. Uninstalled product.


Go to "Recovered Files" Folder. Use Preview option to locate needed files.

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#58

Kudos to this site and its owners!! I love the giveaways you give and the kind of idea of giving a licensed software as a giveaway each day. But its disappointing that people here keep whining about the software or the validity of it (Afterall its human tendency to complain when something is given free of cost). C'mon people, it doesn't matter if it comes with a 1 year license. You don't get your PC and hardware updated every year!

Reply   |   Comment by Edd  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#57

Re #45 instructions for deregistration:

1. create a label on the desktop.

Um. What's a label? Is that what they call program shortcuts in Washington, DC, Oregon?

Reply   |   Comment by bay area john  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#56

@45 - Sorry, what you mean by "label" at "1. create a label on the desktop."
I have installed and want to re-install now the new version.
tks

Reply   |   Comment by Camoura  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
#55

Installed fine. Had an external 1Tb backup drive that just got corrupted by a damaged os (lost some disk sectors, which looks like it damaged the driver for the ext HDD, not malware damage). Took the backup drive to another PC and it appears as empty. Tried HDD mechanic to see if it could find any data. Nothing, nada, zilch. It does not look like it attempted to read the surface of the disk, as the report came back almost instantly. It also did not say if there was a problem with the disk, like missing MFT, or corrupted structure, or... I would expect a diagnostic / recovery tool to look for and report on corrupted, unstable, or missing information. So at least in this case, it did not help at all. Uninstalled product.

Reply   |   Comment by ChuckC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#54

Installed fine. Had an external 1Tb backup drive that just got corrupted by a damaged os (lost some disk sectors, not malware). Took the backup drive to another PC and it appears as empty. Tried HDD mechanic to see if it could find any data. Nothing, nada, zilch. So at least in this case, it did not help at all. Uninstalled product.

Reply   |   Comment by ChuckC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#53

This has nothing to do with the software, but has saved me on a few occasions when I had a HDD crash due to a hardware issue.

Before you give up on a HDD, throw it in the freezer for a day. It has never failed to give me about 20 minutes to hook it back up and move data off of it (you will have to connect it as a secondary drive).

If this message helps one person then it has served it's purpose.

Reply   |   Comment by Roger  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#52

Thanks Giovanni for all of your contributions. Want to get paid? Here's an idea. Write a book for Kindle as a compilation of all of your great freebie resources. Title: Tips To Get The Best Free Software

Very little competition and people are always looking for free stuff.

Reply   |   Comment by Raymond  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#51

>> Comment #41:
This program does nothing for me… and I mean nothing. Down loaded and registered fine in Win 8 x64.

Today I was given an Acer laptop that was locked by a HDD and Bios Password.

I tried to install windows but without the password, no way. Perfect program to get into inaccessible disks right?… Wrong. It is only checking the disk on my computer. I want to make a bootable disk to put in the other computer. Under drives there is mount image, but I don’t have any image to mount. I can’t see any other way to make a bootable disk. Real loser on this one. I will try one of Mr. G’s suggestions and see if they work.


I don't understand, what You wont to do?
If this is Your laptop, why You don't know the passwords?

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#50

I downloaded the install file after the team updated the archive. Install and registration via Giveaway's user name and key on a flash drive went OK, but the 'About' window says the copy I installed is HDD 2.0, the Evaluation Copy. Says nothing about length of use. Hate uncertainty - uninstalled it.

I suspect I will not be able to download it again when the developers finally get their act together. The one thing they all seem to do well is remember who downloaded what.

Se la vie, I'll stick with one of Giovanni's free solutions, if I ever have the need to recover something.

Reply   |   Comment by Mbi Ent  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#49

@22. "This calls itself a “HDD Mechanic” yet I see no mention of it performing ANY HDD level operation like statistical recovery of damaged sector contents like GRC.COM spinrite tool."

Spinrite is an excellent program but it is a last resort. I tried it on a Laptop with a damaged HD when noting else would work. Spinrite ran for 7 day, 24 hrs a day before it completed the restore! When completed, many of the files were recoverable but Windows would not boot. Conclusion: Use HDD Mechanic first or a similar alternative. If that doesn't work try Spinrite.

Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#48


If You don't want to re-register HDD Mechanic - You don't need to do this NOW!

Just download a new version from this site and Enter the new reg. key AFTER DECEMBER 2013!

Or send an email to support@recoverymechanic.com after December 2013 with the "Old Key" and we send to You the "New LifeTime Registration Info." ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+24)
#47

>> Comments #8,9,14,20,
Give us a greater license than one limited to GOTD that ends 12.2013.


As stated in the Comment #33, we have just uploaded new archive with the same installer and new key(LIFE TIME Standard Licence)

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Re-registering HDD Mechanic(Most easy way)

1. create a label on the desktop.
2. click right mouse button: "properties" - append in "object" after Space type [-unregister] ( without [ ] ) - Apply - Ok
3. DoubleClick on the label.
4. close HDD Mechanic.
5. delete label on desktop
6. re-download the new version of the software from www.giveawayoftheday.com with new key.
7. start HDD Mechanic and re-enter the reg.info.

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
#46

It looks like I installed this too early.
My version expires after one year (Dec. 2013)
while the "update" now does not expire.


What do we do? Uninstall and install new one,
or will there be a new key for the 2013 people?

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Hi John,

we are still waiting for the solution to this issue from the Developer. As soon as there is any news, we will let you know via comments.

--
Regards,
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#45

This program does nothing for me... and I mean nothing. Down loaded and registered fine in Win 8 x64. Today I was given an Acer laptop that was locked by a HDD and Bios Password. I tried to install windows but without the password, no way. Perfect program to get into inaccessible disks right?... Wrong. It is only checking the disk on my computer. I want to make a bootable disk to put in the other computer. Under drives there is mount image, but I don't have any image to mount. I can't see any other way to make a bootable disk. Real loser on this one. I will try one of Mr. G's suggestions and see if they work.

Reply   |   Comment by LancasterPA  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#44

>> Comment #7:
Guys, be careful about “restore information from formatted, corrupted and inaccessible disks”. If your disk doesn’t work (it’s inaccessible) – don’t even try to recover data from it using software utilities. The disk may be physically damaged, and your attempt to restore files will cause the data will be lost forever.

It’s better to give damaged media to local data recovery service.


+1

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#43

I'm confused. CompNetTeach states that this program will cause one to have to reinstall the OS if the program is uninstalled. Yet he also states it can't be portable but that is the preferred install method by the company. Is he correct about the reinstall even though he was wrong about the portability?

Reply   |   Comment by Techless  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#42

Such a utility is absolutely vital, and one I desperately need. Sadly, my hands-on review will await getting my work done. Just be sure I surely will properly test, along with several others from a simple "partition recovery software" Search I'd done last night. Thank YOU Recovery Mechanic and GOTD. Hope you won't mind...honesty? :-) Later, and I'm in SW FL USA (Earth), for its time.

Reply   |   Comment by AntonYooo  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#41

The industry's #1 hard drive data recovery
software is NOW COMPATIBLE with NTFS,
FAT, Linux, and ALL OTHER file systems!

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

Reply   |   Comment by deployment  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#40

>> Comment #6:
Is this same crap CNET.com for 39.95. Thay had 1 downloaded in a week

and the 1 buyer said he try 4 time to installing it and it Never

worked AND the phone number is a fax’s number.. good luck to those

who going to try this.


HDD Mechanic on Download.com

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#39

>> Comment #2:
Developer “…inaccessible hard drives”

If I have an external HD which is not being recognized, would this be included? In other words, would such a case be considered a hardware (not software) problem, and consequently not be covered?


- Do You Have any Manufacture warranty?
- What is your operating system?
- What types of files do you want to recover?
- When did you delete or lost your files?
- Do you have any antivirus or antispam software running on PC?
- Do you have an administrator rights on PC?

>> I have an external HD
Please send to me more info: Title, Brand, Review Link, File System...?

1) If You hear some strange noises then connect it to computer - TURN OFF RIGHT NOW!!! Because, You can destroy this disk. Use local Data Recovery Service.

2) If not, Connect it to PC. If HDD Recovery Find this drive - You can recover data from it, If not - Sorry.

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#38

excellent software
worth $139.95

i must say it is a gem because
it recovered all deleted files from formatted partitions which were formatted few months back,
other recovery softwares could not find these files.

free recovery softwares available cannot compete with this software

Reply   |   Comment by ann  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#37

>> Comment #32:
#19 “Seattle Washington DC” LoL

#21 You can *try* to spin “Seattle Washington DC” any way that you want, but the fact is that this developer lied about their location. We know this because there CAN be no one in either Seattle or DC since this person would’ve otherwise pointed out the error.

Memo to GAOTD users: You’re going to trust a company which outright lies about its location?? You get what you deserve.

Knowing this, you’d have to be some kind of idiot to invite this thing onto your system.


This is the address for correspondence.
Find on Google Maps.

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#36

I have an Asus laptop, Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM and the program fails to load.

Doesn't even appear in Task Manager

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#35

Installing this is a disaster waiting to happen if you ever uninstall this (well, almost a disaster). Not impressed by a few things that HDD Mechanic does.

First, this automatically installs a right-click context menu addition. There is no need for this at all! This only makes sense for applications that you would use more than once a day - if you are using HDD Mechanic regularly, you've got some serious problems. Also, every installer should ask if any context menu should ever be installed. Worst of all, the built-in uninstaller does not remove the context menu registry entries - this will lead to slow Windows performance and Explorer crashes.

Secondly, it sticks "bs_load.di" with the alias "AsyncEx" into your filter chain, which again does not get removed when the program is uninstalled (but the file bs_load.di does get deleted). The net result is that when uninstalled, this will cause problems when dealing with other multimedia files in the future.

Running Revo Uninstaller or other uninstaller will not catch all of these "not directly related" registry entries, so you will have future sluggish performance / crash issues. Net result, you need to reload your system from scratch to get a stable system.

Given that this giveaway has a one-year expiry, and most users will end up removing this application as a result, I strongly urge you not to install this in the first place. I issued the same warning with Kingsoft Office (the worst offender I've come across) and other applications regarding these uninstall issues.

As far as recovery performance, note that every recovery program uses slightly different algorithms and one will find something that another will not. The trick is to try multiple recovery programs until one works, but alas, if the file is fragmented, or was stored on a newer technology storage device (e.g. load leveling flash device, AFD large block size HDDs, hybrid magnetic/SSDs), you may be out of luck with any recovery method - even the professional recovery labs will be out of luck too. My test of HDD Mechanic shows the same performance levels as any other recovery utility - caught some, missed others. If it wasn't for the intrusive install & non-portability, I might have kept HDD Mechanic around in my toolkit. Sorry, but no thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by CompNetTeach  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+46)
#34

Mebbe thay will have anothor givawayofday of this be-fore Deceber 2013 And then just anothor time limtatoin again later. Go ahead and use it!

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#33

Dear users,

we have just uploaded new archive with the same installer and new key, that will allow lifetime usage. But there is an issue: this key can be used to unlock trial version of the application only. There is no option to over-wright the key in the GUI of the program.

This said we are still waiting for the solution from the Developer for those who already installed and activated HDD Mechanic on their PCs.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

--
Best regards,
GOTD team

Reply   |   Comment by Giveaway of the Day project team  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)
#32

#19 "Seattle Washington DC" LoL

#21 You can *try* to spin "Seattle Washington DC" any way that you want, but the fact is that this developer lied about their location. We know this because there CAN be no one in either Seattle or DC since this person would've otherwise pointed out the error.

Memo to GAOTD users: You're going to trust a company which outright lies about its location?? You get what you deserve.

Knowing this, you'd have to be some kind of idiot to invite this thing onto your system.

Reply   |   Comment by R U Kidding  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#31

#17, Giovanni, thanks for your comments, they are a sanity check. I try to make a copy of each list when it's about an app I may be interested int - maybe you should be paid.

Do you have a website that groups and lists all of your suggested freebies?

Would I be correct to assume that you have not tried all of them?

Do you know for sure they are free of viruses and other malware as well?

Reply   |   Comment by Mbi Ent  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#30

@nurd: Obviously Seattle, WA given the zip code. The "D.C." is most likely from an autocorrect function. I've had to train various programs not to add "D.C." after "Washington" for a couple decades.

Reply   |   Comment by lensman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#29

Does anyone know if this or any other program will search, recover data files and save them another drive without changing /writing to the original hard drive? I need to recover the data (pictures) for a friend but do not want to recover / fix the hard drive at this point.

Reply   |   Comment by Erica Carwile  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)
#28

Answer on "Ideas":

>> These types of programs NEED to be portable, so you don't inadvertantly over-write files you're trying to recover by running the program!

HDD Mechanic can be installed on any Flash Drive or External Drive.
(Can be portable).

Go to RecoveryMechanic Download Page and see the "Important: Before You Begin" section.

>> There are lots of recovery programs, but not as expensive as this; maybe reduce the price somewhat especially for home users.

We offer 3 programs:

Recovery Mechanic(Fast Recovery) - RecoveryMechanic Full Review Page - Standard License starts in 39.95$

NTFS Mechanic(Full Recovery for NTFS Partitions) - MTFS Mechanic Full Review Page - Standard License starts in 99.95$

HDD Mechanic(Full Recovery for NTFS, FAT, EXT2/EXT3) - HDD Mechanic Full Review Page - Standard License starts in 139.95$

>> support ssd

Already Complete Support! Try it!

Reply   |   Comment by RecoveryMechanic_Support  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)
#27

Downloaded and installed without problem, but on closing HDD Mechanic and re-starting, reverted back to evaluation version, so had to re-register again. Tried recovering a USB3 drive, with an NTFS boot sector 2 error, which I later repartitioned into 2 partitions. Tried checking on the 74 MB unallocated partition (where I think the sector 2 error is), and just recovered some useless files, when I am expecting that it can correct the said error, as the name of the software implies, being a HDD mechanic. Not really a good mechanic at that. I then thought maybe I will format the 74 MB unallocated space with Paragon, and have chkdsk and see what it says. But format cannot be completed with prompt to re-start computer. On re-starting, Windows 7 -64bit now cannot start. Luckily, self-recovered. On recovery, HDD Mechanic is now un-useable, with some missing files. Had to totally uninstall, lucky I monitored this installation.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
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