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DFSee major release 9.00 available

August 17, 2007 by Jan van Wijk

++ From the VOICE OS/2-eCS News Service ++

From: Jan van Wijk

DFSee version 9.00 has been released today, a new MAJOR release!

A real improvement in this release is contents based disk geometry detection, which helps with removable media on any platform, and with new Linux kernels (avoiding tons of warnings)

Then there are improvements in smart-imaging and cloning, supporting support more filesystems now and many other enhancements and fixes.

Finally, the HEX editor now includes an intel x86 disassembler to analyse bootsectors, bootmanagers or any other code you like :-)

DFSee is a very powerful disk-utility with disk partitioning, filesystem and disk analysis, file recovery, UNDELETE for HPFS JFS, and NTFS, resizing and smart imaging or cloning.

More details at:

Direct download links from the DFSee website:

Note: each of these can also be downloaded using '9xx'
instead of the exact version number

Or from the HOBBES website:

Most important functional changes since 8.16:

- APMAP Show Apple-Partion-MAP in first track when present
- BMFIX BMGR, default to NO I13X check, allow GRUB/Win MBR
- DARWIN First port for MAC OS X 'terminal' using GCC 4.x
- DFSIMAGE CMD/BAT, added a 'raw' parameter for image creation
- DIRTY Update menu-item enable/disable after changing status
- EBR Show classic IBM Bootmanager menu name in display
- EDIT Disassembler on or '-d'; Jump, Save, set origin
- EXT2/3 Added more info to the superblock display
- EXT2/3 Add group descriptor strcuture read & display
- EXT2/3 Area aware allocation logic (disk-level smart)
- EXT2/3 Allocation bitmap logic; alloc, smart image/clone
- Edit - > BMGR items moved to 'Fdisk - > OS/2 LVM and Bootmanager'
- EDIT Limit HEXED marked-area to a single object (sector)
- FAT12 Fix wrong output on large clusters/small filesystem
- FILEFIND Dialog, add 'search from current sector' checkbox
- FIXBOOT Driveletter prompt dialog in JFS/HPFS menu selection
- FIXBOOT HPFS, default to NO I13X check, allow GRUB/Win MBR
- FIXBOOT Retain (boot) letter on JFS/HPFS when already there
- Geocalc Add LVM DLAT disksize versus OS disksize sanity check
- Geocalc Contents based geometry determination (sniffing)
- Grub Display summary or details (0 -v) on GRUB MBR sectors
- Grub Display details on GRUB bootsectors, incl boot device
- Grub Display details from stage 1.5 or stage 2 data sectors
- Grub Identify GRUB/LILO non-MBR sectors correct on display
- HPFS id Fixed false 'alloc sector' identification empty sector
- JFS Better sanity check on IAG filesystem structure data
- LVM -n Fix trap when BootDiskId is not set yet for a disk
- Linux Recognize JFS FS in 0x83 partition as well as 0x35
- Linux Recognize JFS filesystem in 0x83 Linux partition
- LinuxLVM Added type 0x87 to CR and change-type selection lists
- MENU Made 'Bootmanager menu Add' generic LVM/non-LVM
- MENU Updated bmfix menu wording, added I13X to help text
- Mode=HFS in menu, recognition in PART display, limited support
- Mode=XFS in menu, recognition in PART display, limited support
- OS-cmds Allow external cmds on DOS/OS2 only (security issue)
- PART Display GRUB summary on -v and -q, if GRUB present
- PART Fixed trap on a garbage IBM bootmanager BMP sector
- PART Improved rounding of MiB size values to be exact
- PART -b Add 'related' column for Creator info or Linux ldr
- PART -b- Added label info for EXT2/3 and Reiser filesystems
- READ Allow read outside a partition (GRUB stage2, LVM etc)
- REISER Implemented allocation map display and smart imaging
- RESIZE Enable menus for FAT/HPFS/NTFS only, not EXT2/RSR
- RESTORE (verify) updated confirmation text for readability
- RESTORE Fix spurious CHS popup after completion of restore
- SCRIPT Minor fix for script set-parameter using prompt text
- SERIAL Improved batchmode use and wording of popup text
- SWAP New mode, allows smart disk imaging skipping the SWAP
- SWAP Identify Linux swapspace type1 and type2-v0 or -v1
- Switches Interpret -x123 as a longname, not a value: -x:123
- TERM Recognize RXVT terminal string as Xterm compatible
- TRACE Set cyclic trace to create 9 files, in File menu
- VCU Fixed for empty disks, and disks with logicals only
- VIRT createdd from a .PDx, does auto restore of .IMx file
- WARNING For sda/hda devicenumber too large (libATA and SCSI)
- warnings Surpress disk-warnings too on -w- 'part' option
- warnings Toned down the 'HiddenSectors' warning text a bit
- warnings made aware of DFSee I13X patches for BMGR and MBR

The warpin version still contains the V8 folder icons, will be refreshed
asap :-)

The Mac OS X version that is also enclosed is experimental, it functions
correctly but has some keyboard problems and will not recognize the native
MAC disk-format and filesystems yet.

Regards, JvW

DFSee Home:; Jan van Wijk; Author of DFSee -

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