SpinRite is a computer program for scanning hard disks data storage, recovering data from them and refreshing their surfaces.

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OS X Hard drive recovery

I am trying to recover data from a bad Seagate 1TB hard drive in a 2010 iMac. One day the iMac wouldn't boot (stuck at gray screen on startup). I removed the hard drive from the iMac and connected it ...
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So I found and marked some bad clusters—now what?

I don't know exactly why, but hard drive failure happens to me quite often. This time around, three out of my eight drives failed almost at the same time (two HDDs and one SSD). I still don't know ...
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What is the S.M.A.R.T. page?

I've just listened to Steve Gibson talk about his SpinRite software, on the Security Now podcast episode 336 (transscript). At 33:20 he says: I can show and do show on the SMART page that ...
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Does SpinRite still prevent/predict crash failure in modern hard drives?

Yesterday I attended a presentation by Western Digital that discussed various innovations in rotating hard drive internals, including perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR), heat-assisted magnetic ...
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Does any Spinrite level intentionally result in data loss?

That is, are any of the operational levels designed in a way which writes over or otherwise destroys existing data on the disk? I looked around but couldn't find an answer to this question, and can't ...
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Adding a USB Device Driver to a SpinRite ISO Image

Has anyone successfully gotten a SpinRite ISO image to successfully see a USB device? Steve Gibson, on his SpinRite FAQ page, says that you can add a USB device driver to a DOS boot diskette and ...
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SpinRite on USB drive

I had a laptop that one day stopped booting. I took the hard disk (WD, SATA, 320GB) out and tried it in a USB caddy and tried to connect it to my desktop PC. It behaves erratically, constantly ...
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Sony Vaio EB1E0E IDE Mode

I am trying to use SpinRite on my Sony Vaio EB1E0E, and for this I need to enable the IDE mode. However when I go to the advanced tab in the bios I only see the Vt-x enabling and disabling. Any ...
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~2,000,000 seek errors on SpinRite?

I ran a level 4 maintenance level on my hard drive with SpinRite. Everything was clean, but I checked the log and it said that it found ~2,000,000 seek errors. That's the only thing that SpinRite ...
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ECC Corrected, Realloc Events, Seek Errors, etc. in Spinrite 6

I am running SpinRite 6 on a dying hard drive. What do all these terms mean on the SMART Monitor screen? ECC Corrected Realloc Events Seek Errors Recal Retrires Cabling Errors Uncorrectable Write ...
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VMware : how to forward all errors to guest operating system

I'm trying to run SpinRite on a VMware machine. Everything is going well, but as the drive fails VMware always pops up a warning saying: Operation on file "\\.\PhysicalDrive0" failed. If the drive ...
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Resuming interrupted spinrite session

Everytime I interrupt my spinrite session, it prompt me with a percentage telling me that I could resume the session at the point of interrupt, this is all great but I never knew how to resume it. As ...
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Running Spinrite from a USB drive?

I need to use SpinRite on my notebook which has no CD-ROM. How can I install and run SpinRite from a USB thumbdrive? Such that I could boot the notebook up with a thumbdrive and start SpinRite. Are ...
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Step by step instructions to make dos “see” and “access” usb hard drives

I am stuck with an USB external hard drive (Maxtor 1 Touch) 750GB that crashed. I have photos and home movies (my son's birth, first birthday etc) that are very important to me. I am given to ...
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CHKDSK at boot time after Windows 7 upgrade

I recently upgraded by Windows XP desktop to Windows 7 using the Home Premium Upgrade installation DVD. My original plan was to reformat the boot disk during installation, however, during the ...
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Is there a way to prevent Windows from taking control of a hard drive?

I own a copy of SpinRite, a hard drive recovery and maintenance utility, that can't run under Windows because it requires such low-level access to the drive. Typically, you create a boot disc that ...