« on: March 26, 2008, 10:03 AM »
Hirudin: please don't bring spinrite into this, it's snake-oil , and mr. Gibson only has buzzwords and "it's super secret advanced tech!" to say, nothing quantitative.-f0dder (March 22, 2008, 01:27 PM)
Slightly off Topic. Just wanted to call BS on your snake-oil comment. Spinerite actually does work in some cases. I have used it to recover 1 or 2 drives. See the article here:PC World MagFortunately, SpinRite 6 is less ambiguous when it encounters a distressed drive. I put the app to work on four magnetically damaged floppy disks, and it lit up the screen with flashing graphics as it worked to recover my data. It saved three of the four.
SpinRite 6 is no substitute for regular backups. Still, having the software around for maintenance--and knowing it's there in an emergency--makes it worth the price.-Rover (March 25, 2008, 02:52 PM)
heh.. no I didn't write the article. Look, I never claimed Spinrite is the world's greatest software. I am familiar with SMART and I know that new drives should be able to deal with things much better than my old ESDI & MFM drives did. And I never suggested Spinrite in lieu of backups; that'd be freakin' nuts.
I'm just saying that it has saved a few "near death" drives that I know of and I seriously doubt it's total BS. You may think $89 is too much for what it does (or doens't) do, but that's a different issue.
In a perfect world, we'd all near instant backups of all our data and a dead drive would be a trivial issue; Replace drive, restore data, resume work.