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Spinrite? Dec. 6th, 2003 09:39 pm
Anyone familiar with SpinRite? I'm told it's quite good, but the website reads like a cross between an evangelical preacher and a washing powder advertisement, and it's rather offputting.

That said, I have more HDDs of unknown state than I know what to do with...

http://www.spinrite.com/spinrite.htm

Heh.

From: kentarokurahone
Date: December 6th, 2003 - 04:30 pm (Link)
Never had the oportunity to use his stuff. Though the guy that writes it has quite a few uh..... "intresting opinions" on a lot of things. I'm not too terribly inclined to trust it.

http://grcsucks.com/
From: flewellyn
Date: December 6th, 2003 - 08:52 pm (Link)
Yow, I had no idea this program was still in use. I remember using it on my hard drive back in 1991.
From: azekeil
Date: December 7th, 2003 - 06:47 am (Link)
Spinrite does indeed only work on the filesystems specified on the website. I have a copy if you need it. But my first suggestion would be to download the manufacturer's tool from their website and use that to diagnose the drive. Then do a full bad-cluster scan of it. After that, unless it's making some spurious noises then I'd use it, or use spinrite on it if I had the time and patience.
From: mrz80
Date: December 8th, 2003 - 08:31 am (Link)
I've used Spinrite in the murky past, and been mightily pleased with its ability to resuccitate decrepit old hard drives. It can take HOURS and HOURS to run, but it *will* restore sometimes badly trashed drives.