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DFSee 16

DFSee version 16.9 released

DFSee version 16.9 has been released, which is a MINOR release with some bugfixes. Because this is a MINOR release, you get it for FREE if you already have a 16.x key.

Of course, as usual, there are also smaller improvements and bug fixes.

DFSee is a very powerful disk-utility with disk partitioning, filesystem and disk analysis, file recovery/UNDELETE and smart imaging or cloning of partitions or complete disks.

It will require an upgrade if you currently have a registration for an older MAJOR version.

Direct download links from the DFSee website:

https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee_install.zip
https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee_windows.msi
https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee_os2_wpi.exe

Self-booting options:

https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee16x_dsk.zip
https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee16x_iso.zip
https://www.dfsee.com/dfsee/dfsee16x_stick_iso.zip

Or from the HOBBES website:

http://hobbes.nmsu.edu/pub/incoming/dfsee169.zip
or (after processing):
https://hobbes.nmsu.edu/?dir=%2F&stype=all&sort=type_name&search=dfsee

Functional changes since 16.8

  • RECOVER ExFAT new warning hint when ASSUMING files are contiguous
  • PART Fixed possible crash (string overflow) in certain displays
  • D or DOWN: Correctly go to FS-entry sector, even if bootsec empty
  • EXPORT/IMPORT sector list, fixed displayed the filename used
  • RECOVER, SAVETO and BROWSE streamlined WARNING/ERROR reporting
  • RECOVER, SAVETO and BROWSE recovery, always set file timestamps
  • CMD_WARNING on FileSaveAs alloc fail, is OK, so set timestamps!

NVME Driver version 1.01 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our new NVME Storage Driver version 1.01 for ArcaOS.

NVME is the latest and greatest storage interface for laptops and desktops, and it offers much faster read and write speeds than older interfaces such as AHCI. The most common form factor for an NVME device is the m.2 card.

The Arca Noae NVME driver is a new driver. Although it has been tested and found to work correctly and reliably, there could still be unexpected problems or it might not perform as expected. It is the responsibility of the user to determine the suitability of the new driver for everyday use especially on production systems. Please read the NVME wiki and the ReadMe before installing this software.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation this is a great reason to consider moving up to ArcaOS.

AHCI Driver Package version 2.08 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our AHCI Disk Driver Package version 2.08 for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation.

This release contains a correction to the information provided to the resource manager. This release also adds support for disks larger than 2 TB, and is required for supporting GPT disks. This update is recommended for everyone. More information about the AHCI Disk Driver Package may be found in the AHCI wiki.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now. It may also be a good time to consider moving up to ArcaOS.

Arca Noae announces GUID for OS/2 Type 1 GPT partitions

In our last post concerning GPT in ArcaOS, we discussed the first phase of support and how our specification allows for multiple partitions up to 2TB in size. As every GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) partition type requires a GUID, we have set:

90B6FF38-B98F-4358-A21F-48F35B4A8AD3

as the GUID for OS/2 Type 1 partitions.

Any GPT partition using this GUID should ultimately be recognizable by any GPT-aware operating system as belonging to ArcaOS.

Although this is now just a simple proclamation, it is, in point of fact, a major advancement for the platform, and sets the stage for our initial GPT support, currently planned for release with ArcaOS 5.1 in 2021.

Arca Noae makes no guaranty as to availability of GPT support for ArcaOS 5.1. When available, GPT support will be an ArcaOS feature only, with no plans to make the technology available for other OS/2 distributions.

Don’t have ArcaOS yet? Now is a great time to pick up a license or two and replace those aging Warp 4 or eComStation installations and get to know what’s new and improved. If you’ve never run OS/2 before, you’ll be amazed. If you last used OS/2 in the 1990’s, you’ll be even more amazed. ArcaOS runs the vast majority of existing OS/2 Warp 4 software, because it really is OS/2 – just better. ArcaOS supports more modern hardware than any other OS/2 distribution available today, making hardware upgrades much easier than ever before. An ArcaOS 5.0 license now means steep discounts on future upgrades, including 5.1.

Arca Noae’s plan for supporting GPT disk layouts in ArcaOS

Through the release of ArcaOS 5.0.6, all OS/2 distributions have only supported MBR (Master Boot Record) partitioning schemes, that is, up to four partitions on a disk, with the possibility of creating multiple logical volumes in one extended partition. This partitioning scheme is also limited to a maximum of 2TB per disk.

The GPT (GUID Partition Table) breaks out of these restrictions by supporting an almost unlimited number of partitions (without the need for logical volumes) and disks exceeding 2TB.

Supporting GPT is another major step for multiboot configurations where the disk has already been partitioned using this style, which will allow ArcaOS to install alongside other GPT-aware operating systems (Windows 10, modern Linux distros, etc.), without the need to install a second MBR-partitioned disk or to wipe, re-partition, and reformat all volumes on the existing disk.

Arca Noae’s approach to supporting GPT will be multi-phased, with the first phase of development currently underway and anticipated for release with ArcaOS 5.1. The design specification of our initial GPT support is to allow for partitions up to the current 2TB maximum size, with multiple partitions of this size possible on disks larger than 2TB. Our specification further provides that ArcaOS be able to create, delete, and modify GPT partitions which are identified by their GUIDs as being “OS/2-type” partitions, and lastly, that GPT support be available for both traditional BIOS (for data volumes) and UEFI-based systems (for boot and data volumes).

Arca Noae makes no guaranty as to availability of GPT support for ArcaOS 5.1. When available, GPT support will be an ArcaOS feature only, with no plans to make the technology available for other OS/2 distributions.

Don’t have ArcaOS yet? Now is a great time to pick up a license or two and replace those aging Warp 4 or eComStation installations and get to know what’s new and improved. If you’ve never run OS/2 before, you’ll be amazed. If you last used OS/2 in the 1990’s, you’ll be even more amazed. ArcaOS runs the vast majority of existing OS/2 Warp 4 software, because it really is OS/2 – just better. ArcaOS supports more modern hardware than any other OS/2 distribution available today, making hardware upgrades much easier than ever before. An ArcaOS 5.0 license now means steep discounts on future upgrades, including 5.1.

DFSee 16

DFSee MAJOR version 16.0 released

In case anyone missed this in the news outlets, here is an abbreviated version of the official DFSee 16.0 release announcement:

DFSee version 16.0 has been released, with significant new functionality and fixes.

It is a MAJOR release, introducing TWO new filesystems with full support including file browsing and recovery, bringing the total number of supported filesystems to around 10!

The new filesystems are:

ISO – The ISO9660 filesystem as used on CDROM’s and DVD media, and perhaps more importantly in .ISO imagefiles representing them.

You can now use DFSee to copy files from a CD/DVD or ISO image.

The Rock-Ridge (Unix/Linux) and Jolliet (Windows long names) extensions are supported as well, selectable where needed.

APFS – The new Apple filesystem, used in iOS and newer macOS versions (High Sierra, Mojave) that moves up a lot of the filesystem limits from the older HFS+ and is optimized for SSD storage.

APFS supports multiple independent volumes in one partition, all sharing the same pool of storage blocks (container), and it is organized using B-trees for almost everything, making access to information really fast.

The APFS support has all the familiar DFSee analysis functions and also supports browsing and file-recovery for normal files. (XATTR and Resource-fork support will be coming soon).

There have also been some improvements in the menu-system like attached submenus to select a partition for PTEdit or LVM, to select an APFS volume from a container or to select between Standard, Jolliet or El-Torito areas within an ISO.

Of course, as usual, there are also many smaller improvements and bug fixes.

This being a major release, it will require an upgrade if you currently have a registration for an older version, so visit the DFSee product page in the ArcaOS store to purchase an upgrade at a great price.

Note: Keys sold on or after January 1, 2019 are valid for version 16.x, with no additional upgrade required.

For key installation instructions, please visit this page.

AHCI Driver Package version 2.06 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our AHCI Disk Driver Package version 2.06 for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation.

This release adds a feature to ignore disks that ArcaOS, OS/2, and eCS cannot use, such as GPT, LUKS, etc. This feature is a safeguard that prevents accidental damage to these types of disks. This release contains only a feature enhancement, and therefore is not a critical update. More information about the AHCI Disk Driver Package may be found in the AHCI wiki.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now. It may also be a good time to consider moving up to ArcaOS.

AHCI Driver Package version 2.05 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our AHCI Disk Driver Package version 2.05 for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation.

This release contains minor updates including:

  • Changes to debug output for debug versions.
  • Remove init time interrupt requirement.

This is a non-critical update. This release brings the released version of the AHCI driver in line with what is already included in ArcaOS 5.0.3.  If you are running ArcaOS 5.0.3 then you already have this version.

More information about the AHCI Disk Package may be found in the AHCI wiki.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now. It may also be a good time to consider moving up to ArcaOS.

AHCI Driver Package version 2.04 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our AHCI Disk Driver Package version 2.04 for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation.

This is a maintenance release that contains minor fixes and updates.

  • Fixed the IOCtl pass-thru interface. Tools such as smartctl use this.
  • Removed the old smartctl program from the distribution.

More information about the AHCI Disk Package may be found in the AHCI wiki.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now. It may also be a good time to consider moving up to ArcaOS.

AHCI Driver Package version 2.03 released

Arca Noae is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our AHCI Disk Driver Package version 2.03 for ArcaOS, OS/2, and eComStation.

This release contains the following major changes:

  • In version 2.03, Added support for message interrupts. This will allow certain motherboards with nonfunctional interrupt pin hardware to run. ACPI PSD version 3.23.06 is required for message interrupts to be enabled. Other minor fixes.
  • In version 2.02, Fixed interrupt handler issue for systems with multiple AHCI adapters.
  • In version 2.01, Major reorganization of the entire driver. Enhanced debugging support. Several minor fixes. Now a 32 bit driver.

This release is an update for all users. If you have ArcaOS, you need this update since ArcaOS 5.0 included v2.01 and ArcaOS 5.0.1 included v2.02. If you are still running eCS or OS/2, you need this update since the last released version for those platforms was v1.32 and a lot has changed since then.

More information about the AHCI Disk Package may be found in the AHCI wiki.

If you have ArcaOS, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of the Support & Maintenance subscription for your ArcaOS product. Please log into your account and see your ArcaOS order details page to access your software.

If you have an Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription, this driver package is available for download from the Arca Noae website as part of your Arca Noae OS/2 & eCS Drivers and Software Subscription. Please log into your account in order to access your software.

If you are still running OS/2 and/or eComStation systems and haven’t yet purchased a software subscription, this is a great reason to do so now. It may also be a good time to consider moving up to ArcaOS.