salvaging a dying hard disk

Curt Tresenriter ctres at
Thu Jul 28 15:17:34 UTC 2011

On 7/28/2011 10:00 AM, compdoc wrote:
> >I have never had to use Spinrite to recover data before
> >and had forgotten about it. Unfortunately it doesn't see the disk either.
> Spinrite is a great tool, but it has a few flaws: it's too old now and 
> can't work with disks that are 1TB or larger. And if you have a lot of 
> bad sectors, it can literally takes days to try to fix things. Working 
> your drive for days might not be the best thing for a failing disk.
> Freezing hard drives sounds a bit voodoo to me - you might have the 
> same luck by swinging a dead cat over your head three times. But good 
> luck, and let us know if it helped...
Yeah, I'm not too sure about it myself - there seems to be differing 
opinions on the subject, some claim success - at this point I guess it 
can't hurt.
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