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2 May 2020 Version 2.2.15 released

posted May 2, 2020, 6:33 PM by Scott Dwyer

2 May 2020
Version 2.2.15 released
  * Added the advanced option "Virtual Disk IO SCSI only". This is meant to use with DMDE I/O SCSI to help prevent lockups on some systems.
  * Added "Power Off" and "Power On" descriptions to the Activate and Deactivate relay buttons in the relay settings.

25 April 2020 Version 2.2.14 released

posted Apr 26, 2020, 6:39 AM by Scott Dwyer

25 April 2020
Version 2.2.14 released
  * Fixed a bug where the virtual disk would lock up on some hardware, such as newer computers. The bug was introduced in the previous version 2.2.13.

29 February 2020 Version 2.2.13 released

posted Mar 1, 2020, 7:23 AM by Scott Dwyer

29 February 2020
Version 2.2.13 released
  * Changed an internal timeout in the virtual driver to help prevent unwanted IO errors.
  * Added an advanced option to change the current position.
  * Made changes to the virtual disk driver to help improve stability and prevent lockups.
  * Added SG_IO SCSI I/O capability to the virtual disk driver for use with DMDE I/O SCSI for greater stability.

16 February 2020 Version 2.2.12 released

posted Feb 16, 2020, 6:08 PM by Scott Dwyer

16 February 2020
Version 2.2.12 released
  * Fixed a bug when opening an existing progress file where the message "Unrecognized config setting startconfig" would appear. This was a harmless message, and did not indicate an actual error.
  * Improved the zero and mark filling of the virtual driver, so that only the data that was not read is filled, and any data that was read is returned.
  * Fixed the Virtual Driver so it will work with Linux Kernel 5.3 and above.
  * Fixed a program crash when switching back to a passthrough mode from one of the direct modes when the virtual driver was installed.
  * The "Erase Destination" mode can now be stoped and resumed.
  * Added information to the user manual about the mode "Erase Destination". The mode was added previously, but not documeted.
  * Added information to the user manual about how the virtual disk driver works with different Linux kernel versions. Testing has shown much greater stability with kernel version 5.0 and higher.

6 February 2020 Version 2.2.11 released

posted Feb 6, 2020, 5:58 PM by Scott Dwyer

6 February 2020
Version 2.2.11 released
  * Added the timer option "Always wait for reset timers". This is meant for drives that seem to be ready after a soft/hard reset, but are not truly ready yet and need a delay before proceeding after the reset.
  * Improved Direct AHCI mode to wait for the drive to become ready, waiting for the register bit DRDY. It is possible that failing to wait for this after a reset could cause the program to think the drive is ready when it is not. I don't think this change will break anything, but if anyone has an issue with this release where a previous version worked, please submit a bug report.

2 February 2020 Version 2.2.10 released

posted Feb 2, 2020, 7:56 AM by Scott Dwyer   [ updated Feb 2, 2020, 8:02 AM ]

2 February 2020
Version 2.2.10 released
  * Fixed a bug where log file repair would take way to long on a large log file.
  * Improved the post processing of soft and hard resets in Direct AHCI mode, to reduce the chance of the recovery stopping for an error.
  * DMDE has been added to the HDDLiveCD.

26 January 2020 Version 2.2.9 released

posted Jan 26, 2020, 2:23 PM by Scott Dwyer

26 January 2020
Version 2.2.9 released
  * Fixed a bug when using a domain where an out of range error could happen.
  * Added the new file menu option "Add to Domain from DMDE bytes file". This allows the targeting of specific data from cluster and file lists created by DMDE.

24 January 2020 Live CD 64 bit version fixed

posted Jan 24, 2020, 3:13 PM by Scott Dwyer

24 January 2020
Live CD 64 bit version fixed
  * Updated the 64 bit live CD version to fix the issue where HDDSCViewer was not installed. This also fixed the issue where the program icons were not on the desktop. No program changes were made, and only the 64 bit live CD was updated, as the 32 bit version was not affected.

21 January 2020 Version 2.2.8 released

posted Jan 22, 2020, 2:44 PM by Scott Dwyer

21 January 2020
Version 2.2.8 released
  * Made some improvements for USB Direct mode flash drive compatibility.
  * Fixed a timeout bug with virtual disk and direct mode, where the 3rd party software would see IO errors when there were none.
  * Direct AHCI mode now sets the DMA mode when connecting and after power cycles. This does not really do anything for actual SATA drives, but when using a SATA to IDE adapter the mode change can increase the read speed.
  * The documentaion has been updated to reflect recent discoveries in using DMDE with the virtual disk driver for data extration. It has been found to be better than using R-Studio for this purpose. The documentaion also refers to available videos that have been created for this, and some complicated instructions have been removed as the videos provide better instruction.

1 January 2020 Version 2.2.7 released

posted Jan 1, 2020, 10:55 AM by Scott Dwyer

1 January 2020
Version 2.2.7 released
* Fixed a bug with manual soft and hard reset timers where the time was not adjustable.
* Removed some ATA commands from normal USB Direct mode, as they could cause regular flash devices to lock up and not connect.
* Added USB Direct ATA mode for use with conventional drives.
* Made additional compatibility improvements to USB Direct mode to help with flash drives that fail to connect.
* Additional minor bug fixes and improvements to the relay operation and display output.

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