[dba-Tech] SpinRite or? Finished!

Jim Lawrence accessd at shaw.ca
Fri Oct 9 11:50:34 CDT 2015

Hi Gustav:

It should be noted that many of the best Geek software sites are discussing but you are not paying for shiny you are paying for good...or not paying at all.


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From: "Gustav Brock" <gustav at cactus.dk>
To: "Discussion of Hardware and Software issues" <dba-tech at databaseadvisors.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 8, 2015 11:32:02 PM
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] SpinRite or? Finished!

Hi Lambert

I'll make a note of this. Thanks.

But - am I the only one that have found links to Tom's Hardware nearly impossible to read?
With Edge, the link here is a total mess.
With IE and AdBlocker Plus it is so and so - it looks like something from the 90s.


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Fra: dba-Tech [mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] På vegne af Heenan, Lambert
Sendt: 8. oktober 2015 22:09
Til: 'Discussion of Hardware and Software issues' <dba-tech at databaseadvisors.com>
Emne: Re: [dba-Tech] SpinRite or? Finished!

This site 
has the comment:

Data recovery professionals will tell you that HDD Regenerator and Spinrite are potential drive killers. Your drive appears to have bad media or weak heads. SpinRite will hammer away at a bad sector up to several thousand times, while hoping for 1 good read. This methodology can accelerate the total failure of your drive.

Your best DIY approach would be to clone your drive sector-by-sector using a tool that knows how to work around bad sectors, and then use data recovery software on the clone. 

Some freeware cloning tools are ... 

dd_rescue: http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/ddrescue/ 
ddrescue: http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html 

Comparison between ddrescue and dd_rescue: 

Ddrescue can perform multipass cloning. It clones the easy sectors on the first pass, and attempts the more difficult ones on subsequent passes. It can also clone your drive in reverse, thereby disabling lookahead caching. It keeps a log, allowing it to resume after an interruption. 

The following thread discusses various freeware and commercial cloning tools: 


-----Original Message-----
From: dba-Tech [mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] On Behalf Of Gustav Brock
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2015 4:03 AM
To: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues
Subject: Re: [dba-Tech] SpinRite or? Finished!

Hi all

Sadly, after three hours this tool reported "Too many bad sectors" and refused to proceed.
That's probably not the truth but the result of a time-out due to this drive's extremely slow response.

Seems like I'm left with a goodie for the recycle bin ...


-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: dba-Tech [mailto:dba-tech-bounces at databaseadvisors.com] På vegne af Gustav Brock
Sendt: 6. oktober 2015 22:50
Til: Discussion of Hardware and Software issues <dba-tech at databaseadvisors.com>
Emne: Re: [dba-Tech] SpinRite or? Finished!

Hi Gary and John

It's a WD drive and I have located the "Western Digital Data LifeGuard Diagnostics - WinDlg (DLGDIAG for Windows)".

Will try tomorrow if it can do anything.


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