||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...
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.
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.