Rapid Drive Tester (RDT)

Tools

License Type
Free
Tool Type
Small Tool
Developer
DeepSpar
Acquisition - Imaging & Copying
Imaging

This free DOS-based software can be used to test hard drives for presence of read instabilities. It can also deactivate the Master Boot Record (MBR) in order to stop a drive from being mounted by any operating system (here is why mounting is a bad idea for data recovery purposes). Unlike almost all other software tools, this utility works directly through the ATA controller rather than through the BIOS/OS, which allows for increased operational stability and more accurate identification of hard drive read instabilities.