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#1 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 02:46 PM

A few years ago Diskman was a very good utility, it was not-redistributable and the original site was down, so it was never mentioned on boot-land.

The last version (not anymore developed) has been put online again:

The old site:

What Is Diskman?

Diskman is a suite of advanced programs designed to perform a variety of low level hard disk related tasks.

Diskman is free for noncommercial use. Diskman products may be licensed for commercial use and may be fully customised to suit particular application requirements. The core Diskman library supports a variety of file system and disk manipulation commands which can be used to extract and modify information not normally available from the OS. Diskman is currently supported by MS-DOS (and its clones) and Microsoft Windows NT/2000/XP. A Linux version of Diskman may be developed in the future.

Diskman 4 is the latest MS-DOS compatible release:

Diskman 4 is the most powerful, stable and refined release yet available:

  • Full script language and support for batch file operation to simplify system roll out tasks
  • Clearer command structure Many new commands
  • Backup and restore VFAT (Windows 9x/NT/2000) Long File Names (LFN)
  • Archive compatible with DOSLFNBK, the leading LFN backup utility
  • Delete, create and manipulate disk partitions
  • Quickly format FAT volumes as FAT12, FAT16 or FAT32
  • Support for hard disks/partitions up to 2TB
  • Support for disk image files up to 2GB (4GB coming soon)
  • Support for spanned image files up to 2TB
  • Securely erase either volumes or entire drives
  • Mount and manipulate disk images (such as those created for Rawrite)
  • Export volumes or entire physical drives for later restore.
  • Quickly copy every file into image files for easy backup and later restore.
  • Browse FAT volumes quickly and easily
  • Directly edit disks at the sector level
  • Support for all BIOS supported disks, DOS supported drives and Image files
  • Help repair disks after a virus attack or rescue critical data
  • Backup and restore CMOS memory images, including latest 256 byte chipsets.
  • Embryonic support for NTFS
  • Free for noncommercial use.

Diskman4, the 4.23A version now available for download, includes the DM4HOST.dll, so at least limited support under NT is available, though not NTFS.

The file is hosted on the site:
that apparently creates a completely different kind of software, probably the one for which the Author, James Clark, works.

Too bad that the "real thing":
wasn't finalized/released. :rolleyes:



#2 maanu


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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:45 PM

did chinese know about it ? :lol:


(homepage for DiskGenius)

#3 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 27 February 2010 - 09:05 AM

did chinese know about it ? :rolleyes:

Are the two apps in ANY way similar? :lol:
diskman: command line ONLY
diskgenius: GUI only



#4 Galapo


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Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:37 AM

Too bad that the "real thing" wasn't finalized/released. :lol:

Yes, it was sad. I remember looking on that site every month for a couple of years for that upcoming release which was never released.


#5 James Clark

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 05:02 PM

Ok I must admit that this post intrigued me when I stumbled upon it.

Yes, you are pretty much correct. Diskman ran from 1999 to around 2004. I stopped active development of the DOS-based version when it became clear that DOS was dying. I maintained the website for several years but in 2007 let it die gracefully. After a lot of emails asking what had happened the basic download (without the website) was restored.

The Win32 port of Diskman was completed and become a commercial library called DM32LIB. This is used by a variety of customers from PC manufacturers, disk cloners and even a maker of digital cameras. I still support this product but don't currently actively market it.

You are correct - I now work for a company called Data Synergy (www.datasynergy.co.uk). Data Synergy doesn't have anything to do with Diskman but does, ironically, make a unrelated product called PowerMAN.

If anyone wants to contact me about Diskman please use legacy AT diskman.co.uk. Please remember that I don't provide basic technical support so may not reply unless you have an interesting question.


#6 Wonko the Sane

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Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:25 PM

@James Clark

I hope this is an occasion to say THANK YOU for all the work that you put into Diskman over the years. :cheers: :(

Too bad that it turned out as Commercial only. :cheers:

Should you need to host your freely available version here on bootland, just say so. :cheers:


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