Friday, March 30, 2001


Latest version features new graphical user interface and customizable diagnostic options for optimizing personal computer performance

MINNEAPOLIS, March 29, 2001 - ONTRACK Data International, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONDI), a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, today announced the release of Ontrack Data Advisor™ 5.0, the latest version of its diagnostic software tool for assessing computer system problems that may cause data loss.

Ideal for PC technicians and computer enthusiasts, Ontrack Data Advisor 5.0 features a new graphical user interface and customizable diagnostic options designed to simplify and accelerate the diagnostic process. The new graphical user interface clearly guides users through the full range of diagnostic steps, while the customizable options empower users to streamline the diagnostic process, enabling them to pinpoint and resolve computer problems on demand.

"We tapped our 15 years of experience in data recovery to develop a useful software tool that easily diagnoses computer system problems and improves PC maintenance," said Greg Olson, director of worldwide data recovery services, Ontrack. "The new features in Data Advisor 5.0 address customer demands for an easier and more powerful diagnostic tool."

Ontrack Data Advisor 5.0 assesses the health of a computer system's hard drive, file structures and computer memory by identifying the problems that prevent users from accessing their computer data and provides recommendations on how to recover from those problems.

Ontrack Data Advisor 5.0 features a variety of diagnostic test options for diverse PC user needs, including:

  • Quick Functional Test - A test that performs random reads and seeks on the hard drive to check for catastrophic physical problems.
  • SMART Status Check - A system check for warning alerts set by the hard drive. Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) is a technology embedded by manufacturers into many hard disks to offer an early warning of failures.
  • Complete Surface Scan - Verifies the physical integrity of the hard drive platters by reading every sector on the hard drive.
  • File Structure Test - Reads and verifies the integrity of the critical file system structures on DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, 98, Me, NT (FAT), and 2000 (FAT)
  • System Memory Test - A diagnostic option that exercises and verifies the memory in the computer system and detects defects and errors.

Don't worry if you can't boot your system to Windows; Ontrack Data Advisor is self-booting, so it runs even when your system won't. This comprehensive diagnostic tool also helps avoid expensive and unnecessary downtime when used as a part of a regular maintenance program. Identifying potential problems ahead of time allows the user to back-up valuable information and make corrections to avoid future loss.

Ontrack Data Advisor is available at for $19.95 and contains support for English, French, German, Italian and Spanish languages.

About OntrackOntrack, a leading provider of data availability software and service solutions, helps customers protect, manage, recover and discover their valuable data. Using its hundreds of proprietary tools and techniques, Ontrack is able to recover lost or corrupted data from virtually all operating systems and types of storage devices through its do-it-yourself, remote and in-lab capabilities. Ontrack also offers award-winning PC utility software programs and services to help prevent critical data loss through a broad line of problem-solving, file-management and productivity utilities. Ontrack can be reached through its World Wide Web site at or by calling 800-872-2599 (952-937-5161). In addition to its Minneapolis headquarters, Ontrack operates other locations in Los Angeles, Boulder, Colo., Washington D.C., New York, London, Paris and Stuttgart. Ontrack also makes its data recovery services available in Tokyo through its strategic alliance with Y-E Data, a company with over 25 years of experience in storage devices.