Is this PC doa? (was a formatting question)

Jacob Mansfield cyberjacob at
Wed Nov 17 14:50:14 UTC 2010

Try and see if you can find an old version of the Hirens boot disk, ths has
a wonderfull drive recovery tool which can repair damaged sectors in and
filesystem without destroying data
Jacob Mansfield

On 16 November 2010 13:37, Michael Haney <thezorch at> wrote:

> All high capacity drives have errors, this is where error correction
> technology comes in.  Its normal for drives to have a certain number
> of read/write errors on a daily basis, but when those numbers start to
> rise above a certain threshold that's when you've got a problem.  This
> is what SMART checks for, but SMART isn't as thorough and it should or
> could be.
> I wish there was a Linux version of this, or it was at least open
> source, but there's a great piece of software for instances like this.
>  Its called SpinRite, and many IT shops I've worked for used it to
> recover data from failing or failed drives.  Its a disk repair utility
> originally, but has been used for restoring data more so in recent
> years.  The software is a bit pricey, like $99US.  Its a tiny program
> that takes up just a few k and creates an ISO image you burn to a CD.
> This is a FreeDOS LiveCD that contains the utility software.  It
> supports Linux, Mac, and Windows file systems.
> Its made by Gibson Research Corporation which is owned by Steve
> Gibson, the guy beyond the Shields Up test for testing the security of
> your router.  I don't know if there's a Linux equivalent to this
> software.  Its tiny but powerful.  Doesn't anybody know of any free
> software that can do the same stuff SpinRite can do?
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