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Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.5:
Action for activation of partitions with no file system now can be configured;
Disk Imager:
- Rework (optimization) of configuration GUI;
- Fixed issue with attempting 'multi-sector retries' on defect blocks with 'system' read procedure;
Added setting of file system 'read policy' for storages with defect blocks:
- Enabled support of 'read policies' for FAT, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, ReFS, Ext, XFS, F2FS file systems;
Added Export/Import function for user-defined raw recovery file types:
- Selective export to own XML-based file format for backup or selective restore on different PC;
- Partial support of importing user-defined rules in some third-party XML formats;
Optimized 'Refresh' procedure; scan of logical drives is now made optional (by default it is 'on');
DeepSpar USB Stabilizer/Guardonix:
- Added recognition of devices with no media or when it is not powered on;
- Added power control and support of driver configuration;
ExFAT scan: added processing of CheckDisk .CHK files (when possible), fixed few more issues;
Raw recovery scan: found and fixed 'scan stuck' issue;
Update to S.M.A.R.T monitoring tool: added 'SSD life' indication and support of SCSI Log Sense;
Added indication of storage device type and rotation speed for HDD.
 

Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.6:
Updated function of opening LVM thin-provisioned volumes:
- Added interface to choose from volumes, defined in text configuration;
- Support of QNAP thin volumes implemented via Tier/Thin technology (tiering is not supported);
- Support of segmentation for thin-provisioned volumes;
- Opened volume now contains proper LVM ID, name and Unix-path;
Added support of WD Apollo 'cloud storage';
Added activity monitor for DeepSpar USB Stabilizer/Guardonix;
USB Stabilizer/Guardonix configuration: added option for 'Auto-repower by UFS Explorer';
Disk imaging with DeepSpar USB Stabilizer:
- Added explicit configuration of re-power options for read timeout and read errors;
- Error recovery after 'storage loss' now includes re-power cycle;
General disk imaging:
- Fixed issue with handling error of creation of plain disk image file;
- Fixed support of 4GB image chunk size on FAT32 target file system;
Restoration of file/folder attributes (hidden flag, permissions etc.) was made optional;
Mac software version now comes with native Apple Silicon CPU support and requires macOS 10.15 or later.
 

Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.7:
Linux LVM recovery module:
- Added 'address translation' of found text configurations to the base storage;
- Found text configuration now can be displayed with embedded viewer;
Added basic support of LVM thin-provisioned volumes (Linux only) via 'Find LVM' tool;
In Disk imager:
- Added option to shut down the source after completion (when power control is available);
- 'Entry name' field for EnCase format now can be customized (by default is the same as file name);
Reworked operations with defect maps:
- Updated 'map loader' GUI (more obvious configuration, added map preview function);
- Software now enables file-based maps (when possible) to speed up loading and reduce memory usage;
- New type of storage object with applied map now supports indication of imaged/defect/free spaces;
Fixed some reported bugs/issues:
- In hex viewer: incorrect base position for 'big block search', loss of colorer function for cached data;
- File system module: silent crash bug with bad F2FS;
- Handling of soft-defect blocks: extending of file map to whole block in scan result;
- LUKS decryption: using of SHA512 for hash function caused problems with decryption;
- Some minor GUI-related issues (under Windows OS).
 

Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.8:
* Added tool and tab for displaying of a map of block states (defects) applied to a storage;
* Map of block states is now integrated with Explorer and with the 'Go to content'/'Go to descriptor' tools;
* Added 'View map of file' function (displays the imaging status of a specific file);
* Information about defect blocks, recognized by a pattern now can be saved (cached) to a map file;
* Loading of maps of sector states (defective sectors):
- For maps in the ACE Lab format, added automatic section of sector size using the map size to drive size ratio;
- When the ACE Lab RAW map format is selected, software now also recognizes the range-based format (to avoid mistakes);
- For drives with DDI metadata: added an option to enable an external map of defective blocks;
* Block state information is now also passed to 'sub-range', 'transformed' and RAID0/RAID1/JBOD storages;
* Fixed bug with scan of chunks on VMFS6;
* SDLSP and VHDX image file formats now preserve information about the source storage (name and ID);
* Date/time entry fields replaced with the date/time selection dialog;
* In hex viewer, the 'hex search' function:
- Added a function to pause it to release the source storage for other operations;
- When stopped, the last searched position is stored as 'Next location' to allow a jump to it;
* NTFS file system: fixed issue with support of very fragmented files when the FileName attribute is outside of the main MFT entry;
* Fixed bugs with creation of big VHDX files (over 4TB);
* General modifications of maps of block states/defects:
- Native 'sdmf' map format is changed to the "sparse" format for better speed and lower storage usage;
- Reworked internal functions of the disk imager tool to support the sparse format;
- Information about the source storage is now saved to a map and is displayed when the map is loaded;
* SDLSP and VHDX image file formats now preserve information about the source storage (name and ID).
 

Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.9:
* Added 'activity monitor' tool to display the activity of the software instance with disks;
iSCSI support:
- Initiator (client) now doesn't require multi-host/cluster mode and works on single connection;
- The Target (server): fixed several network communication issues;
* Microsoft Storage Pools (Storage Spaces):
- Added support of 'Parity of mirrors' internal configurations;
- Added support of 'Three-way mirror' configurations (when the number of components is a multiple of three);
- Basic support of so-called 'dual parity' on Windows Server 2012R2 (also with adaptive reconstruction with single missing);
- Fixed bug with 'Two-way mirror' (in span, not rotation mode), created on Windows Server 2016 and later;
* When image file has associated map of defects, added automatic recognition of presence of that map:
- Software asks to load associated 'Attr.map' for 'TaskImage.bin' when it is present in the same folder;
- Added support of saving of map association to image files in VHDX format and software asks to load the map if the file is found;
* Software now uses 'storage with map' icon for 'defects recognition' and SDLSP with enabled internal map of block states;
* Linux software version:
- Added support of indication of OwnerID/GroupID for Btrfs, EXT2-4, UFS1-2, XFS and ZFS;
- OwnerID/GroupID is also preserved for scan results of these file systems;
- OwnerID/GroupID can also be preserved when data is copied (when copying of 'standard' attributes is enabled);
- Fixed one scenario of GUI-related crash bug;
* Fixed few bugs related to XFS file system scan;
* Updated HFS+ scan procedure to support file system recovery when main metadata locations are wiped;
* Updated Btrfs file system scan procedure for finding fragments of very fragmented deleted files;
* Fixed issues with support of text LVM configurations created by CentOS 8.
 

Jared

Administrator
Staff member
Awesome work as always. I hope you are staying safe over there in Ukraine my friend.
 

Iurii

Member
What's new in version 9.10:
* Added a tool to open Microsoft Storage Space volumes manually (to select metadata source and volume);
* Assembled Storage Space volumes now provide sector map information (allocation and defects, if available);
* Reworked RAID1E module: added support of multiple missing drives and optimized data access procedure;
* Rework to Microsoft Storage Spaces module:
- Reworked procedure of automatic assembly of volumes to use only the latest version of metadata;
- Automatic assembly of volumes is now made optional (it can be disabled in the settings);
* Scan result (VRFS) now also can be saved from context menu of the root folder of a scan result;
* Added support of map files (log files) created by GNU ddrescue;
* Using of maps of defect blocks:
- Support of maps after storage transformation/remapping (e.g. for BitLocker encrypted volumes);
- Indication of defects on assembled RAID1E when pair of components missing or contain map of defects;
- Software-generated defects now do not interrupt quickly the partition detection procedure;
* Update to ReFS3 scan: fixed a couple of bugs in the scan completion procedure;
* Update to FAT32 scan: better file system recovery when superblocks are lost AND FAT tables are damaged;
* Simplification to disk imager: single 'location' for metadata and automatic creation of log/map files;
* BitLocker decryption now supports multiple recovery keys (when available) for the same volume;
* For BitLocker-encrypted volumes, partition properties panel now displays properties of encryption.
 
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