Windows Full VersionJul 22, 2014

Free HDD Mechanic (100% discount)

Terms and Conditions
  • This is a 1-computer lifetime license, for home use
  • No free updates; if you update the program, you may lose it
  • No free tech support
  • Must be downloaded, installed, and registered before this offer is over
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help
Technical Details
  • Developed by Recovery Mechanic
  • Version is v2.1
  • Download size is 16.9 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: 3/50

HDD Mechanic is a top-0f-the-line data and file recovery program for Windows. With it, you can easily recover deleted and lost files — both purposefully/accidentally deleted files and files lost due to crash, reformat, etc.

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  1. mahdiameri

    Reply to this comment#64

    is very very good Thanks Free HDD Mechanic (100% discount)

  2. David

    Reply to this comment#63

    The accompanying registration instructions say to register it to GiveawayoftheDay with a registration key, but the program opens already licensed to SharewareonSale with a “standard license”. What does that mean?

  3. Brian Taylor

    Reply to this comment#62

    Can you delete the program from x86 program files in Win 7 once you burn the installed program to a CD?

  4. pjAlves

    Reply to this comment#61

    Can’t this app be installed in a Pen Drive?

  5. Rick Webb

    Reply to this comment#60

    program crashes immediately after install. Will not open.

  6. enzopezzullo

    Reply to this comment#59

    Once installed the program will not open


    Reply to this comment#58


  8. danka

    Reply to this comment#57

    merci beaucoup

  9. wesshington

    Reply to this comment#56

    fantastic stuff…every pc owner must have…thank you so much

  10. wesshington

    Reply to this comment#55

    fantastic stuff…every pc owner must have…thank you somuch

  11. leelavati

    Reply to this comment#54OLD COMMENT

    this site is very helpful

  12. saleh

    Reply to this comment#53OLD COMMENT

    Thank you for your free programs.

  13. support

    Reply to this comment#52OLD COMMENT

    [@Terry Smythe]
    Please contact us at

    [@wunlop] [@Trust Later]
    Thank you

  14. Trust Later

    Reply to this comment#51OLD COMMENT

    [@Terry Smythe] There is definitely something wrong with your browser(s) since you should consistently get one sized, identical file. Have you temporarily disabled ALL security software, including firewalls, antivirus, anti-malware, web-site blockers, etc.?

    Please follow this link, which I have had to obscure so that SOS’s security protocols do not delay posting this comment. Please insert the letters “http” and then a colon ” : ” immediately in front of the following: // . Now, follow that link and scroll down to “Download locations” and select the first choice. Download, unzip and run it on your system, checking for every version of .NET Framework the tool can examine. If there is a problem this tool will find it and, referring back to the original linked page, there is a Microsoft fix that will remedy it.

    The tool, publisher, Aaron Stebner and his Microsoft TechNet Blog, have been around for more than a decade. The tool is absolutely safe and effective.

    Let us know the results.

  15. support

    Reply to this comment#50OLD COMMENT

    [@Trust Later] [@wunlop]
    Thank you.

  16. support

    Reply to this comment#49OLD COMMENT

    [@Terry Smythe]
    Please contact us at
    I will send for you HDD Mechanic by email.

  17. Terry Smythe

    Reply to this comment#48OLD COMMENT

    [@Trust Later]

    I have downloaded 7 different copies of HHD_Mechanic with different sizes – 7916, 1967, 7967, 8018, 7946, 7998, and 8081. The two that are identical trigger same error message -the “side-by-side”. Some suggested I may have a bad NET Framework, but when I downloaded current version, it said, “all OK, you have current version installed”.

    All my attempts to install this HDD_Mechanic fail.

  18. wunlop

    Reply to this comment#47OLD COMMENT


  19. Trust Later

    Reply to this comment#46OLD COMMENT

    P.S.: I downloaded this program because it was new to me and I wanted to see if it was as good as it appeared… especially at this price. :-) As I said in an earlier comment, the basics –like installation, registration and running the program went smoothly.

    I have now COMPLETED recovery of 149GB of data (mostly videos, it turns out) from a 160GB drive that Windows recognized but said had no File System and data. The whole process was intuitive, error-free and successfully. The only complaint I have, is that the main interface cannot be minimized or resized. So, once recovery begins, you are stuck with that interface hogging your desktop.

    Finally, even though, of course, the program slows down your computer while it’s recovering data, it is so well behaved resources-wise, that I still was able to post comments here and… stream Netflix. I like HDD Mechanic.

    Thanks again, Recovery Mechanic and SharewareOnSale.

  20. Trust Later

    Reply to this comment#45OLD COMMENT

    [@Terry Smythe] Sounds like your downloads are corrupted. The uncorrupted installer has these specs:
    Size: 7.91 MB (8,294,433 bytes) ; Size on disk: 7.91 MB (8,298,496 bytes)
    MD5: 71dedfc6d0195d91ac497e0e5624cfc3
    SHA-1: 24ecd6888e7a2d0dcae82d1187903d63a661a8be

    Let’s hope that is the problem because, if not, Side-by-Side error messages mean your .NET Framework installations are corrupted. Fingers crossed.

  21. Terry Smythe

    Reply to this comment#44OLD COMMENT

    Downloaded 3 times (8,081kb, 7,998kb, 7,946kb) and got 2 different error messages:

    * The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect.

    * Installer integrity has failed.

    I’m running Windows 8 Pro 64bit, 16 gigs memory.

  22. support

    Reply to this comment#43OLD COMMENT

    May have been incorrect installation.
    Download HDD Mechanic from official site:

  23. support

    Reply to this comment#42OLD COMMENT

    May have been incorrect installation.
    Please download HDD Mechanic from official site:

  24. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#41OLD COMMENT


    So how come it reverted back to an evaluation version after it’d already been registered and confirmed as such yesterday?

  25. support

    Reply to this comment#40OLD COMMENT

    Registering the program occurs once only.
    Even if you remove and reinstall the program, the program will already be registered.

  26. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#39OLD COMMENT


    I’d already stopped it by the time you wrote… I just started the program again to give it another go, but now it opens as only the evaluation version, even though it was confirmed as registered yesterday! I’ve registered it again with the same info, and it’s confirmed the registration in the same way it did yesterday… does that mean that it will require registering every time? If so, then it’ll only work as an evaluation version after today anyway!

  27. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#38OLD COMMENT


    It was listed on both the ‘Applications’ and ‘Processes’ tabs…

  28. support

    Reply to this comment#37OLD COMMENT

  29. support

    Reply to this comment#36OLD COMMENT

    You can install on the flash drive at once or transfer the program folder to a CD, but for operation of the program need Windows OS and a registration key will be registered in the Windows OS.

  30. enzopezzullo

    Reply to this comment#35OLD COMMENT

    Non si installa !!!

  31. Robert

    Reply to this comment#34OLD COMMENT

    This being recovery software, the installation instructions warn users not to install it on the same partition on which you may want to perform data recovery options. That makes sense. The instructions say to use another hard drive or partition, or alternatively to install it on a different computer, then burn the folder that it is installed on to a CD or DVD to use with your OWN computer.
    My question is: I have one partition that the Windows OS is installed on, and a second partition on which I keep all my program data. I guess I really wouldn’t want to install the software on either one of those two partitions, go guard against possible further data corruption on either of those two partitions. Instead of installing it on a completely different computer then transferring the program folder to MY computer, could II just install it to my data partition, then transfer the program folder to a CD then un-install the version that I had previously just installed on my Data Folder, or would even un-installing it (without ever having actually run the program) leave some drivers or something on my system that might lead to data corruption when I later attempt data recovery on either of my two partitions??

    A related question is: Does this program run completely independently of my (obviously already installed) Windows operating system, or will my Windows system be “live” while while running this (unlike using a Linux rescue-type boot disk)?

    Thanks in advance for the (correct) info…

  32. support

    Reply to this comment#33OLD COMMENT

  33. Grateful

    Reply to this comment#32OLD COMMENT

    I have downloaded HDD Mechanic freeware a number of times and tried to install; I keep getting an error message that there is something wrong with the *.exe file. Is there another place I can try to download from? I want to try this version to see if I am interested in the lifetime version. I appreciate any assistance you can offer. Thank you!

  34. support

    Reply to this comment#31OLD COMMENT

    Virustotal report:

    This is not a virus, a false alarm. The installer program is packed NSIS, antivius can not identify her and mistakenly believes that this virus. Update anti-virus databases usually solves the problem.

  35. support

    Reply to this comment#30OLD COMMENT

    Uninstall HDD Mechanic: C:\Program Files\RecoveryMechanic\HDD Mechanic\Uninstall.exe
    May have been incorrect installation.

    If you have time, don’t stop the program.

    [@mishasin] [@Jean] [@Matt] [@Trust Later]
    Thank you for review.

  36. Trust Later

    Reply to this comment#29OLD COMMENT

    As usual, downloaded, installed, registered with no problems. Am testing this very impressive looking software on an a small (160 GB) external 2.5″ HDD drive connected to an old laptop … via USB 2.0. :-o

    Windows 7 64Bit – 8GB RAM; 2.0 + 2.0 GHz and, in fewer 10 than MINUTES this software has found more than 70 Folders and 2800 files on the disk Windows insisted had no file system and needed to be formatted.

    I have all the free recovery tools and many of the paid, including SpinRite, GetDataBack,etc. HDD Mechanic is a keeper. Nice interface, great feature set (even supports RAID) and low/moderate resource usage: Less than 85 – 1000MB PrivateWorkingSet and fewer than 30% CPU cycles . I am actually posting this from the same old, lower-end machine doing the recovery!

    MY TWO CENTS: Turn off ALL security software, as they are designed to monitor read/writes to your system, which slows down these sorts of programs… dramatically.

    Thanks Recovery Mechanic and SOS.

  37. vanierstein

    Reply to this comment#28OLD COMMENT

    Sunnaze-What did you find in Task manager ?? ( Running processes,applications,etc. ) Perhaps I did not look hard enough…… ??? I am not sure how to even Uninstall,cannot find in list of installed programs.

  38. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#27OLD COMMENT


    No joy I’m afraid… I didn’t kill the program in Task Manager, just waited to see if it revived itself, but as it’s now been something like 10-11 hours or so, and it’s still ‘not responding’, I think it’s safe to say that it’s time to give up on it, don’t you?

  39. vanierstein

    Reply to this comment#26OLD COMMENT

    Tried installing 3 times as Admin on Win7 64-bit,shows on start menu,tried left-clicking,right-clicking run as admin,open,to no avail.Nothing happens!!!!!! Unfortunately,just read commenter’s comments-normally I ALWAYS read comments first-and I thought this was a real ,functioning,piece of software………………..Whoops-what was I thinking-LOL.Even downloaded from Dev’s site,again,to no avail.Sows up on Start menu,click to no avail,does NOT show on Desktop,Installed programs,or running processes / applications in Task Manager.Based on the fact that users have commented on program containing virus,and virustotal reported 3 out of 50,and that the dev’s are giving this away for two days,tells me that-this may be a non-working Beta that we are all guinea pigs for,or,program is Buggy,or non-functioning,or that we have all just installed something nasty on our computer that will not respond to us,our own Admins. I am seriously considering running Combofix from bleeping,not to mention ADW and JRT,for starters,then MBAM and SAS,and what ever else strikes me as being applicable,RUBotted,Rootkit removers etc. Please tell me that I have not downloaded something nasty that I cannot even find on a list of installed programs to UNINSTALL.Response from Devs on my lengthy discourse ?

  40. mishasin

    Reply to this comment#25OLD COMMENT

    Thanks Ashraf for the giveaway. App looks interesting.
    Best regards

  41. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#24OLD COMMENT

    [@KManer] Welcome!

    [@Nobug] Thank you for the feedback!

    [@t9] I don’t think it should matter but you can try re-registering if you want.

    [@maryush] Glad to hear that you figured it out!

    [@Sunnaze] Have you figured it out yet? I personally wouldn’t recommend turning off security software (AV, etc.) — I find often they aren’t the ones causing the issue.

    [@Sunnaze] To be clear, “support” is not part of our team but rather part of the developer’s team.

    [@John] Here is the VirusTotal scan results:

    [@Khamees] Welcome!

    [@rhodacyr] Welcome!

    [@Matt] Welcome!

    [@Jean] Welcome!

  42. Jean

    Reply to this comment#23OLD COMMENT

    Thank you very interesting program.

  43. Matt

    Reply to this comment#22OLD COMMENT

    Hey great software! Works a treat for me. No problems at all.

  44. support

    Reply to this comment#21OLD COMMENT

    The program tries to read the corrupted data. Do not turn off it.

  45. support

    Reply to this comment#20OLD COMMENT

  46. rhodacyr

    Reply to this comment#19OLD COMMENT

    Thank you for all these very interesting applications.
    Congratulations to your research program

  47. Khamees

    Reply to this comment#18OLD COMMENT

    Thanks a lot for giving us this chances getting good software

  48. maryush

    Reply to this comment#17OLD COMMENT

    Ok i found solution for my problem – just remove gdiplus.dll….

  49. John

    Reply to this comment#16OLD COMMENT

    My McAfee AV detected Spyware & Viruses in this download while attempting to download !

  50. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#15OLD COMMENT

    Sorry, can’t take you seriously, as I’m already running as admin, and the program ran for over 2½ hours, and its unresponsiveness has nothing to do with my AV!

  51. support

    Reply to this comment#14OLD COMMENT

    Turn off an antivirus and tried running as admin

    As your username is ‘support’, does that mean you are responding as part of the SoS team…?

  52. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#13OLD COMMENT


    Yep, I realize that… not my first rodeo… but as I said, the program is unresponsive (or as task manager reports it – not responding)… if that isn’t self-explanatory, then perhaps frozen… stuck… lifeless… belly-up… dead… etc, gets the message across…?

    As your username is ‘support’, does that mean you are responding as part of the SoS team…?

  53. maryush

    Reply to this comment#12OLD COMMENT

    [@Ashraf] Win 8.1 x64 – yes i try as normal user and admin – the same error…

  54. support

    Reply to this comment#11OLD COMMENT

    Deep disk scan can take a lot of time depending on the degree of damage to the disk.

  55. Sunnaze

    Reply to this comment#10OLD COMMENT

    Installed and registered with no problems on Windows 7 Home Premium. I have a damaged 500GB system disk from a laptop, on which I have used much time trying to rescue, but without success. So having read here that HDD Mechanic can also recover files from damaged discs, I set it to the task with high hopes … alas, after 2 hours and 43 mins into the deep scan, the program is now unresponsive, so it’s a bust I’m afraid.

  56. support

    Reply to this comment#9OLD COMMENT

    On GOTD the HDD Mechanic was free lifetime license also.

  57. t9

    Reply to this comment#8OLD COMMENT

    Question: I just now downloaded & installed – When I checked “About” it says that the program is already registered to: Giveawayoftheday – Standard License. Didn’t even ask for the information provided on the SoS page. Is this still going to be the Lifetime (no upgrade) license?

    Main reason I ask is, I saw that HDD Mechanic was indeed offered on GOTD in the past, but the license was only good for ~1 year. Do I need to uninstall and download from so that I can enter the registration details that I received from SoS?

    Thanks for the deal!

  58. Nobug

    Reply to this comment#7OLD COMMENT

    Today, I have tested “HDD Mechanic 2.1 Standard June 2012″ (At the beginning february I have tested “Recovery Mechanic 5.1″)
    In both case I have immediately uninstalled it.
    The search with “Fast recovery” button is very fast ; with the “Full Recovery” button is endless.
    This program is absolutely not part of the few programs, on which we could rely for have a functional file recovery.
    And about a way to find the original file names?
    But especially, It does not allow for the selection of individual files for recovery (like this filter: “XY*.avi”). So found a just deleted file, is extremely random.

  59. KManer

    Reply to this comment#6OLD COMMENT

    Thanks guys for the giveaway!

  60. support

    Reply to this comment#5OLD COMMENT

    Thanks for your comments. The technical service will solve this problem.
    Please send me to email technical specifications of your computer and operating system, if possible.
    Thank you.

  61. Ashraf

    (Mr. Boss) – Reply to this comment#4OLD COMMENT

    [@maryush] What OS are you on? Tried running as admin?

  62. maryush

    Reply to this comment#3OLD COMMENT

    I tested it, and the same, after that i wrote comment ;)

  63. support

    Reply to this comment#2OLD COMMENT

  64. maryush

    Reply to this comment#1OLD COMMENT

    Can’t run:
    Exception EReadError in module HDD Mechanic.exe at 0004BD80.
    Error reading IL_Disks_48x48.PngImages: Parametr jest niepoprawny.

Important Info

Terms and Conditions

  • This is a 1-computer lifetime license, for home use
  • No free updates; if you update the program, you may lose it
  • No free tech support
  • Must be downloaded, installed, and registered before this offer is over
  • May not be resold
  • No refunds and exchanges; if you are having trouble activating or registering, please ask for help

Technical Details

  • Developed by Recovery Mechanic
  • Version is v2.1
  • Download size is 16.9 MB
  • Supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • VirusTotal scan results: 3/50