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Disk tools v2.60 - Comprhensive tools for
checking your disks. Like Norton's NDD
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* DiskTool 2.6 *
* Shareware Disk Utility *
* Written by Richard C. Leinecker *
* Copyright (c) 1992 by Richard C. Leinecker *
* All Rights Reserved *
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
This program is shareware. It was written with great care and took an
enormous amount of time. That means you should register if you use it.
If you've tried much shareware, you'll have to agree that DiskTool
is a cut above most others. It was written in C and Assembly and every
effort was made to give you to best program possible. If you register
you'll not only guarantee high-quality shareware in the future, but
you'll get a printed manual, a DOS Toolkit with 20 small and useful
utilities, and one update within a year.
DiskTool will run on any system that has at least 512K of available
RAM. A graphics card or color monitor are not necessary. A mouse
THE ALERT BOXES
Alert boxes pop up when the program needs a response or has to tell you
something. You'll see a text message and boxes along the bottom. To make
a selection click on the box with the left mouse button or press the key
that's a different color on the screen. Several of the DiskTool alert boxes
won't have button hotkeys in a different color. That's because those alerts
also have at least one editable text field. For these you'll have to press
the alt key to see the hotkeys light up. Then, while holding down the alt,
pres the key of your choice.
Very often you'll see a window with information in it and a scroll bar on the
right side. You can use the scroll bar if you have a mouse to easily navigate
through the information that's in the window. The arrows at the very top and
bottom of the scroll bar will advance or backup the list one line. If you
click inside of the scroll bar above or below the thumb (which will appear as
a black space in the scroll bar) this will advance or backup by a page.
You can also point to the thumb and hold the left mouse button down, then
drag the thumb to the approximate position you'd like, and release the left
DISKTOOL'S MAIN SCREEN
When DiskTool first runs you'll see the main screen. The left window will
display your drive's tree structure. The right window will display the files
in the currently highlighted directory. You can use the scroll bars to
navigate through the lists, or use several handy keypresses. The Up and Down
cursor keys move a single line, the PageUp and PageDown keys move a page,
and the HOME and END keys go to the beginning and and of the file.
The bottom line of the screen gives you a few options. Clicking on "F1=Read
Documentation" or pressing F1 will bring up a documentation reader
so that you can read the documentation file. Clicking on "F2=Quit" or
pressing F2 is a short cut for quiting the DiskTool program. Clicking
on "F3=Bonus Programs" or pressing F3 will show you what you get when
you register DiskTool.
The Tab key will toggle the active window. The active window is the one
that resonds to the cursor, space bar, and Enter keys.
THE DISKTOOL MENUS
The pulldown menus can be accessed with the keyboard or a mouse. To use
the keyboard, start by pressing the Alt key. You will see the Hotkeys
in a different color when you hold the Alt key down. Press any of these
keys with the Alt key down to drop one of the menus. Let go of the Alt key
and use the up- and down-cursor keys followed by Enter, or press one of
the Hotkeys that appear in a different color. To pull a menu with a mouse
hold the left button down while pointing to your choice. While holding
the button down drag the mouse until the desired selection is highlighted.
THE DESK MENU
This tells about the program and the author.
This lets you quit the DiskTool program and return to DOS or your shell.
This lets you set the DiskTool colors.
This lets you set the active drive. DiskTool's main screen shows the tree
structure and files for the active drive.
Drive to Edit
This lets you set the drive for edit operations. It can be different than the
THE DOCS MENU
Print Order Form
This lets you print the DiskTool order for so that you can easily order the
registered version along with all of the extras.
This lets you print the documentation to your printer.
This calls a text reader so that you can read the DiskTool documentation
without quiting the program.
THE DIAGNOSTICS MENU
This shows a quick map of the active drive. round dot indicates a filled
block, a hollow dot indicates a partially filled dot, and anything else
indicates and empty block.
This show a quick overview of the active drive.
This checks and verifies the sectors for the acive drive. If it finds bad
sectors it'll notify you and show you a list.
THE EDIT MENU
This opens the file that's highlighted for editing.
This opens the disk that's selected with the 'Drive to Edit' selection of
the Desk menu for editing.
This closes the file that's being edited.
This closes the disk that's being edited.
This brings up a dialog box where you can specify a file address or disk
location to go to. This is handy when your editing a file or a disk so
you don't have to scroll through the entire file or disk.
This brings up a dialog box where you can specify a search string.
THE OPTIMIZE MENU
This begins the disk optimization procedure. Make sure before you start,
though, that you've backed up your data.
This gives you quick statistics on your drive's empty space and fragmentation.
THE UNERASE MENU
Selecting this will display only erased files in the right window of the
DiskTool main screen. If it's selected you'll see a check mark to the right.
This calls up a dialog box that'll let you do a manual unerase for a the file
Selecting this will display only regular, non-erased files in the right
window of the DiskTool main screen. If it's selected you'll see a check
mark to the right.
This does a quick unerase. For most situations this is the strategy you should
use to recover erased files.
Unerase by file type. The program tries to analyze the data type of the file
and use clusters that are of the same data type to recontruct the file.
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thoroughly tested and performs flawlessly.
Since this program includes what you get in several commercial programs and
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TechPlus+ Designer Toolkit
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For orders or inquiries use the included order form.