Hi all. It’s taken a while, but the DDRescue-GUI Windows bundle is now available. It’s a far more convenient way of installing DDRescue-GUI on Windows, and has these advantages over the old method of manually installing Cygwin and dependencies:
- Much smaller download size (150MB instead of around 1 GB)
- Much easier and faster installation
- Previously the whole process could take up to an hour or more, and involved following complex command-line instructions precisely.
- Now everything is fully automated, and installation should only take a few minutes.
- Much less disk space required (500MB instead of 1+ GB, though I’m working to further reduce this).
- The bundle contains all dependencies, so what you download is exactly the same as what I’ve tested.
- With the manual method you will end up running slightly different and newer versions of dependencies.
I’m still working to get DDRescue-GUI into the official Cygwin repositories, but for your average users it’s far better to use the bundle I’ve made instead. You can download it from launchpad.net or this website now, and an updated user guide is coming very soon to fully cover Windows users.
Note: You may need to add an exception for DDRescue-GUI’s install folder in your antivirus software. This is because Cygwin, which this bundle takes advantage of, is known to confuse some antivirus programs. For the record, I have had no trouble using this bundle with Avira Antivirus.
Note 2: If you save to the home folder within DDRescue-GUI, the files will end up in Program Files\DDRescue-GUI\home instead of on your actual Desktop, or Documents folder and so on. This will be fixed in the next version of DDRescue-GUI.
To save files in your actual Desktop or Documents folders, navigate to /cygdrive/c/Users/<username>.
That’s all for now, but stay tuned – I have some interesting ideas for upcoming posts.