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GRC & Steve Gibson's Spinrite

dale_101798 3,699 604 October 13, 2015 at 06:53 AM
In the past I have recommended Spinrite to recover data from unresponsive hard drives. Some Slickdeals users complained that on the Huge hard drives we use today Spinrite is simply too slow.

However if you want to recover data from any hard drive you should at least know about Spinrite.

Yesterday I found myself in the unenviable position of needing Spinrite to correct a failed hard drive in my wife's computer, it gave a blue screen error on every attempt to boot. Yes we have backups but restoring a backup on a new hard drive takes a long time too. {Gotta go to the store buy the HD, install the HD, and fire up Acronis True Image & wait for it to do it's magic}.

Instead Spinrite did it's magic on a 1TB HD in 2 hours and I was once again the in house miracle worker / computer genius. If you would like to learn more about Spinrite go to GRC [twit.tv]and view the video. The Spinrite info is 30 minutes into the podcast.

Enjoy!Wink

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I have used it to fix an ipod that had a hard drive in it to get another year or two out of it. I used it on a Laptop with an SSD that twas crashing often too. It made the ssd aware of it's problems so it could swap out cells.

My biggest problem with the program is that I have not been very successful with the hardware I have to get it to run past 500gb. I get division overflow errors. I have tried a couple of things without much luck on several different dell and my main system (Gigabyte mb). It's also beyond slow if running above level 2. I am hoping the updates that have been a work in progress for the past few years get finished soon as it should improve both of these situations.

I don't think the program is magic as the drive still has to be somewhat operational but for certain types of problems it does definitely work. I just wish it would be updated a bit more frequently.
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Depending on what type of drive failure is happening, in some cases spin rite can accelerate the drive's death. I'd agree over 500gb is trouble.

In the case of a failing drive you should always try something like ddrescue to pull as much data off the drive as possible before you try to use any software that claims to be able to fix issues with your drive.
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OP I tweeted a link to your post to Steve, he was happy to get the feedback. Smilie
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agree.... SR has saved my butt a few times.
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Any hardrive with a motor problem, sticky bearings or a burned out circuit board would be toast anyway, in those cases a replacement hard drive and backups [You do make backups I hope] are the only answer.

Nobody could fault Spinrite for failing to bring those hard drives back to life. As a point of interest. Many people don't know that if they bought Spinrite and it failed to work as advertised. GRC will refund the purchase price with "No questions asked."

I really am a MCSE and Spinrite has only failed to reclaim a HD two times since 2001 & yes very large HD's can sometimes take an unbearably long time to scan and fix but I have never experienced a 500Gb barrier.

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Ero, Thanks. Now I feel like someone reported me to the principle
LOL, in the best way possible!! As my elementary school teachers would say, the principal is your PAL. And Steve is a pal of the internet!
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LOL, in the best way possible!! As my elementary school teachers would say, the principal is your PAL.
Depends heavily on where you want to elementary school... The teachers at my elementary school were pretty much all in agreement that the principal was demon spawn who took tremendous pleasure in making their lives as miserable as possible.
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The International Space Station carries SpinRite.
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The International Space Station carries SpinRite.
Yes, I read somewhere on the internet that NASA sent the micro-gravity version for use in SSD's with support for flash memory cards. Smilie Apparently this is a dedicated & propriety build that Steve G. developed specifically for NASA.
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In the past I have recommended Spinrite to recover data from unresponsive hard drives. Some Slickdeals users complained that on the Huge hard drives we use today Spinrite is simply too slow.

However if you want to recover data from any hard drive you should at least know about Spinrite.

Yesterday I found myself in the unenviable position of needing Spinrite to correct a failed hard drive in my wife's computer, it gave a blue screen error on every attempt to boot. Yes we have backups but restoring a backup on a new hard drive takes a long time too. {Gotta go to the store buy the HD, install the HD, and fire up Acronis True Image & wait for it to do it's magic}.

Instead Spinrite did it's magic on a 1TB HD in 2 hours and I was once again the in house miracle worker / computer genius. If you would like to learn more about Spinrite go to GRC [twit.tv]and view the video. The Spinrite info is 30 minutes into the podcast.

Enjoy!Wink
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I purchased SpinRite a few years back, and only used it once or twice.

These days I religiously back up data so the need to use it has been reduced.
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I purchased SpinRite a few years back, and only used it once or twice.

These days I religiously back up data so the need to use it has been reduced.
Reduced yes but not gone. It's really suggested to be used a a maintenance tool first, and a simi recovery tool if needed. Running it on drives that are healthy helps the drive recognize sectors that may become sick but are rarely used etc. It works in the same way on SSD on level 2. My biggest complaint is the division overflow on large drives that I can't see to get around no matter what Ido.
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I never had much luck with Spinrite it could be that drive was just too far gone. I recently, got a a product from giveaway of the day which worked great.

http://wizardrecovery.com/disk_re...covery.php
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LOL "somebody must have tweeted it to me" YEA it was me...Jeeze can't get any credit around here for anything!
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