Active@ Disk Editor is a freeware advanced tool for viewing and editing sectors of Physical Disks, Partitions and contents of any file type.

Overview:

Active@ Disk Editor uses a simple, low-level disk viewer which displays information in binary and text modes at the same time. You can use this view to analyze the contents of data storage structure elements such as:

  • Hard disk drives
  • SSD & USB Disks
  • Partitions & Volumes
  • Files
  • Other objects

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The Main Features:

  1. Enhanced template view
  2. Detailed MFT record information
  3. Side-by-side Compare and Edit
  4. Fields coloring with data in tooltips
  5. Extensive exFAT support
  1. 6. Fast navigation points
  2. 7. Filling selection with a pattern
  3. 8. Unicode support
  4. 9. Quick Disk Info
  5. 10. Bookmarks
  1. 11. Data Inspector
  2. 12. Search
  3. 13. Working with images
  4. 14. Hiperlinks in templates

1. Enhanced template view  

Template view shows parsed records of the most important areas on disk, allowing easily interpretation and editing. When you navigate to a point of interest, a proper template is selected automatically. The following templates are supported: MBR, GUID Partition table, NTFS boot sector, NTFS MFT file record, FAT boot sector, FAT32 boot sector, FAT directory entry, exFAT boot sector, exFAT directory entry, HFS+ Volume header, HFS+ Catalog Node, HFS+ File Record, Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 superblock, Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 inode, UFS superblock, UFS inode, LDM structures.

As you edit data in Hex, ASCII or Unicode pane or in Templates window, modified data is fully synchronized between views. After each modification a template view is recalculated giving you an up-to-date interpretation of data.

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2. Detailed MFT record information  

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MFT file record template shows data at a high level of details using multiple levels. You can examine a standard header, all attributes and attribute data of the record. The attributes interpreted are: $STANDARD_INFORMATION, $ATTRIBUTE_LIST, $FILE_NAME, $OBJECT_ID, $SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR, $VOLUME_NAME, $VOLUME_INFORMATION, $DATA, $INDEX_ROOT, $INDEX_ALLOCATION, $BITMAP, $REPARSE_POINT, $EA_INFORMATION, $EA, $LOGGED_UTILITY_STREAM.

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3. Side-by-side Compare and Edit  

Some records like boot sectors have their copies. Templates view automatically detects records supporting copies and shows both main and copy values allowing to compare them. You can arbitrary set an offset of main record and its copy.

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4. Fields coloring with data in tooltips  

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Individual template fields are colored in hexadecimal pane giving a quick overview of all data. As you travel along fields in Templates window, the current field is highlighted in Hex pane. Hover mouse over a colored field to get a tooltip with additional information.

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5. Extensive exFAT support

exFAT boot sector as well as all types of exFAT directory entries are supported giving you a detailed information on different exFAT structures. Move template offset up/down feature allows easily navigate between records.

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6. Fast navigation points  

You don't need to guess what is the sector of root directory on FAT volume is or where is $MFT record on NTFS partition located. Simply use fast navigation points set up in the menu. When Disk Editor opens an object, the most important areas are detected and automatically added to the list. They include boot sectors, FAT tables, root directory, $MFT and $MFT Mirror and others.

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7. Filling selection with a pattern  

It might be handy to fill an area on the disk with particular data. Besides simply zeroing an area by providing 00 as hexadecimal value you can specify any hexadecimal or text pattern for better flexibility.

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8. Unicode support  

Work with hexadecimal, ASCII or Unicode representation of data. Editing data in Unicode pane allows to enter extended characters directly while ASCII and Hexadecimal panes gives you control over individual bytes.

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9. Quick Disk Info  

Properties window gives a concise overview of disk or partition opened in Disk Editor. If unwanted this information can be hidden to save screen space.

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10. Bookmarks  

When analyzing large amounts of data don't get lost when navigating between different points. Easily bookmark locations by keyboard shortcuts and cycle through them. If you need even more flexibility, you can give any bookmark a name and navigate between them using a bookmark window.

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11. Inspector  

As you move a cursor along, data under cursor is automatically interpreted and shown in Data Inspector in different formats. You can see them as one to four byte numbers as well as time and other useful structures.

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12. Search  

Search data by ANSI, Hex or Unicode pattern. To speed up the process you can ask to search only at given offset inside used-defined blocks. Regular expressions and wildcard are even greater expand search capabilities.

Examples of using regular expressions:
^\d\d?$ - match integers 0 to 99
^\S+$ - match strings without white space
\b(mail|letter|correspondence)\b - match strings containing 'mail' or 'letter' or 'correspondence' but only match whole words i.e. not 'email'.

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13. Working with images  

Open raw image created by Active@ Undelete or other Active@ products and investigate it with Disk Editor.

Third party disk image files such as Virtual PC Disk Image (*.vhd) or VMware Disk Image (*.vmdk) are also supported.

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14. Hyperlinks in templates  

Many templates contain hyperlinks allowing to easily navigate to important data points.

For example, MFT records contain links to first cluster in data runs and MBR provides links to partitions.

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Video Guide

This tutorial video eplains major features of Active@ Disk Editor such as viewing and editing raw content of a file or any sector on the drive in hexadecimal or text modes, easy navigation through logical partition stricture of hard disk and more.

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Integration with data recovery software

Active@ Disk Editor is a separate, lightweight module of Active @ UNDELETE - advanced data recovery and disk tool. For more features, like:

  • Restore deleted or damaged partitions;
  • Recover deleted files or files from deleted or damaged partitions.
  • Create, format and resize disk partitions (volumes);
  • Recover data from damaged RAID's;
  • Integrated Disk Editor tool and more please visit Active@ UNDELETE web site

Download DEMO version of Active@ UNDELETE for free:

UNDELETE Files - Active@ UNDELETE. Download

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Contacts:

Postal address: LSoft Technologies Inc.
2550 Argentia Road, Suite 218
Mississauga, Ontario
L5N 5R1
Canada
 
Toll Free: +1 (877) 477-3553
Phone: +1 (905) 812-8434
Fax: +1 (416) 352-7561
 
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Active@ Disk Editor is developed by LSoft Technologies Inc.

Since its inception in 1998, LSoft's mission has been to create software framework for your privacy protection. New unique technologies implementing security standards have been developed to serve this goal. LSoft's vision is coupled today with a strong commitment to the latest technologies that expand the power and reach of PC for its users.

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