Macrorit Disk Scanner Review

By | May 17, 2019

Macrorit Disk Scanner is a free tool which scans drives for bad sectors (errors) and if found, marks them red on a graphical map. That’s it, nothing more, nothing less.

It is possible to scan a drive for errors using the build-in Windows disk scanner. With it, you can fix file system errors and it will also attempt to recover bad sectors. However, Macrorit Disk Scanner has some advantages over the Windows disk scanner. That said, why not use them both?

Macrorit Disk Scanner

Macrorit Disk Scanner is a third-party portable disk surface test and hard drive health diagnostic tool. As mentioned, it has its advantages over the native Windows disk scanner, like its speed and option to scan the whole disk and partition, or only a select part of it.

Macrorit Disk Scanner Free

When you run a scan using Macrorit Disk Scanner, you are presented with a pretty drive map, that highlights any bad sectors found in red and healthy sectors in green. Furthermore, statistics displayed at the top indicates the overall scan speed per minute, the number of bad sectors found and basic information about the selected disk.

Additionally, Macrorit Disk Scanner saves the scan report (log file) on the computer, so it can be accessed at one’s convenience. And the drive map alone, makes it a worthy addition to any technician’s tool set.

Although Macrorit Disk Scanner can scan a drive for errors, it cannot repair them which is a bummer. However, it may still be useful to quickly find errors and fix them using the native Windows Disk Scanner.

Bad Sectors

Bad sectors are the most commonly occurring problem on hard drives and when it occurs, storing data on the damaged drive is no longer recommended nor safe. Subsequently, bad sectors can cause data loss, blue screens (BSOD) and slow drive speeds. But before we look at how you can use Macrorit Disk Scanner to detect bad sectors, I think a small introduction into bad sectors is in order.

Bad sectors are small clusters of storage space (sector) of the hard drive that appears to not be working properly and does not respond to read or write requests. Bad sectors are not limited to traditional magnetic drives, it can also occur on solid-state drives and memory cards.

There are two types of bad sectors; one resulting from physical damage that can’t be repaired, and one resulting from software errors that can be repaired. These types are also known as physical and logical, or hard and soft bad sectors.

Logical (Soft) Bad Sectors

This type of bad sector is caused when Windows try to read data on the hard drive from a sector and found that something is wrong. Subsequently, it may be marked as a bad sector. These bad sectors, can normally be repaired by filling the drive with zeros (low-level-format).

Physical (Hard) Bad Sectors

This type is caused by physical damage to a part of a drive. For example, the hard drive’s head could have touched (head-crash) that part (sectors) of the hard drive and damaged it. Or dust can settle on the hard drive’s surface and ruin it.

On the other hand, a memory cell in an SSD can worn out or their can be other wear issues that caused the physical damage to the sectors. The same goes for flash disks and memory cards. Unfortunately, this type of bad sectors cannot be repaired.

Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional

Although, the Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional version has a few advantages over the free version, I am not sure it warrants the $18 price tag. That said, keep in mind that you are not allowed to use the free version in your business, but you are allowed to with the Professional version.

Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional

For those of us with a tight budget, the guys at Macrorit was generous enough to give away free copies of Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional. But before I tell you more about that, let’s look at some of the Professional features.

Free vs. Professional

With Macrorit Disk Scanner Free, you can scan a drive for, and mark bad sectors. Furthermore, it generates an understandable log file – easy to find where are the bad sectors are in the scan log. But the best feature of all – there is a portable version, to carry around on a USB and use, without installing it first.

Free version features

  • Scan the whole disk, partition or free space.
  • Select or specify a part of disk or partition to scan.
  • Automatically shut down the computer while finish scanning.
  • Scan result will be automatically saved to the specified location.
  • Scan disk with the super-fast speed.
  • Mark healthy sectors in green and errors in red.
  • Force to shut down or stop scanning process is supported.
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP (Both 32-bit and 64 bit).
  • Supported Storage Devices: DE HDD, SATA HDD, SCSI HDD, FireWire HDD, SSD, USB HDD, External HDD, Hardware RAID, Floppy drive, USB flash drive, Compact flash card, Secure Digital card, Memory card/Memory stick, Micro card, Zip drive, iPod, and many other storage devices.

Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional has all the features of the free version, but can also scan multible drives, generate log files for all the scanned drives and allows for commercial use.

Professional version features

Apart from the free features above, Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional also ports the following features.

  • Support to check and scan all disks at the same time.
  • Automatically shut down the computer while finish scanning.
  • Scan resultfor all drives will be automatically saved to the specified location.
  • Use it in your business. Allows Commercial use.
  • Free Lifetime Upgrade Service

Using Macrorit Disk Scanner

Because Macrorit Disk Scanner does not have complicated features, it is extremely easy to use.

  1. Install and launch the Macrorit Disk Scanner, choose the disk you want to check.
  2. If you need to scan disk with custom check range, click the button Scan area to specify the location.
  3. Click Scan Now, Macrorit Disk Scanner can start checking the bad sectors. Healthy sectors will be marked in green and the ones with errors will be marked as red.
  4. If you insert a new disk, click the “Reload disk” button, Macrorit Disk Scanner will update the disk partition information.
  5. If you choose the Automatic shutdown after scan Macrorit Disk Scanner will prompt you to save the scan log path, the system will automatically shut down after the scan is completed, and automatically save the scan log.
  6. In the process, you can click Stop Now to interrupt the current operation at any time.

Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional Download

Now, as promised here is the Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional giveaway. Please note that this giveaway ends 30 November, 2018. So you need to activate it before then.

To get your free copy of Macrorit Disk Scanner Professional, simply download the self-extracting package below and look for the activation-code.txt file. It contains information you need to activate your copy.

Requirements Windows® 7, 8 / 8.1, 10 (both 32 and 64 bit)
Languages English
Portable Yes: Included in package
Malware Scan


In conclusion, I like Macrorit Disk Scanner, but are not convinced the Professional version ads real value and it is my opinion that the Unlimited version is overpriced. However, if you are going to use it to make money, why not give the developers of this tool some bucks for their efforts. So, I fully agree with the “pay for commercial use” license structure.

Macrorit Disk Scanner has one function, and it does this with style. And that is enough to warrant my recommendation. If you missed the giveaway above, give the free version a try. It is adequate if you need to scan your drives now and then. But, if you are a technician, looking for a good tool to use for scanning your client’s drives, I suggest purchasing the Unlimited version. It has the benefit of working on Windows servers.

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