Is this PC doa? (was a formatting question)
blchupin at iinet.net.au
Sat Nov 20 05:58:48 UTC 2010
On 17/11/2010 00:37, Michael Haney 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.
I have known about SpinRite for years because I have been using grc.com
for checking my systems' volnerability.
However, one thing which I have never bothered to determine (never had
to do so) is how can SpirRite handle an HD is it stops even spinning up?
> 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.
Steve started off as a hacker at the age of 13 yrs I believe.
However, when I mentioned grc's Shields Up! in some Linux-related forum
(here I think but not sure) I was told by a couple of "gurus" that Steve
'doesn't know anything' and is, basically, a 'charlatan' (but these were
not the words used.)
However, I still use (and recommend) Shields Up!
> 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?
Unfortunately, I don't think there is such a beast - at least not to my
Chi-sun Hsing-fu acted only after thinking thrice. "Twice is quite enough".
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