Diskinfo - A program for analyzing disk formats
Current version 1.73, © Gaby Chaudry 2002
>> D o w n l o a d
What is Diskinfo?
Diskinfo was born more than 10 years ago, during an age when data were mainly stored
on floppy disks. At that time, it could happen that somebody gave you a pile of floppies
and you didn't know what to do with them, because DOS wasn't able to read them.
So I decided to write Diskinfo, a program that was able to analyse
the format of the inserted floppy within a few seconds.
In the course of time I added more features, as e.g. the processing of boot sector information
and CDROM data.
On which Operating Systems Diskinfo is likely to run?
Diskinfo is a DOS program. This means that it'll run on plain DOS systems as
well as on systems with DOS-based Windows versions (95, 98, ME). Anyway, it's recommended
to run Diskinfo on the DOS command line, not in a DOS box. To achieve information
about CD/DVD-ROM drives, please make sure that MSCDEX is loaded.
On Windows NT-based systems Diskinfo will only work partially, because its direct
hardware accesses will usually be blocked by the operating system.
What it can and what it can't do
Diskinfo recognizes various floppy formats, e.g. various CP/M, Unix, and Macintosh
formats and is able to give further information about DOS-formatted drives
(floppies, hard disk, etc.).
It is not able to analyse formats that can only be accessed using special hardware or
drivers, e.g. HFS, NTFS, or FAT32. For making this possible, Diskinfo would have to
bring along its own drivers - a programming work that lies far beyond my knowledge
Known bugs and disadvantages
- When analyzing 80min/700MB CDs sometimes a wrong number of sectors and therefore
a wrong disk size will be determined. This seems to happen mainly with VCDs.
- Recognition of removable media isn't yet completely implemented.
Test results for CD singles are still missing.
Printing the results to a file is not possible.
Fixed in version 1.72a, 02/19/2002
What's new in version 1.72/1.73?
- 1.73: Added DEC P/OS format.
- 1.72: Added DVD-ROM recognition.
- 1.72: Disk size information is now given in Kb and Mb, too.
- 1.72: New Layout.
Questions, Hints.... ?
Please let me know.
Drop me a line.
I'm especially glad if you send me
- Hints about bugs, wrong results, crashes.. (please add detailed information
about operating system etc.).
- Realistic suggestions how to improve the program.
- Donations consisting of floppies with unusual formats
(no, not 8"!! <G>).
- Money! :-D
DISKINFO is Freeware. You, the user, may freely distribute this
software wihout modification, and with all the accompanying
documentation and files as you have yourself received it.
You may charge a small duplication fee for the disk on which
this software is stored, but the duplication fee is not to
exceed an amount of 5 dollars (US currency) resp. 5 € (EUR).
This software may be placed in an on-line archive system, such as bulletin
board systems, ftp sites, etc.
At no time shall the author be liable for any lost profits or
savings or for any indirect, special, or consequential
damages arising out of the use, abuse or misuse of this software.