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SpinRite alternatives?

By Deviouz
Oct 17, 2010
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  1. Anybody know of any SpinRite Alternatives..?? http://www.grc.com/sroverview.htm
    I need some decent HDD app to check low level for bad sectors and data recovery ect..

    I tried SpinRite, but it keeps always giving me this damn "Division Overflow Error" no matter what HDD I use or what settings I configure in my BIOS..!!
    And given the fact that the program hasn't even been updated yet since June 2004, I would prefer to use something that's a lil more newer & updated & geared towards today's modern HDD's...!!

    Anybody know of any good apps that work like SpinRite does..??
     
  2. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    diagnostic software and utilities from the manufacturer of your hard drive

    Conner
    Merger with Seagate, see Seagate for support.

    Fujitsu (now supported by Toshiba)
    http://www.fis.fujitsu.com/support/disk/software/fjdt_v6.90.zip
    or
    http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=ServicesSupport/FujitsuDrivesUSandCanada/SoftwareUtilities

    Hitachi
    http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/downloads/dft32_v416_b00.iso

    Maxtor & Quantum
    http://www.tacktech.com/download.cfm?file=mirror/maxtor/PwrMx423En.iso

    Samsung
    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/support/downloads/estool_CDROM.zip

    Seagate
    http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/seatoold_reg.html

    Toshiba
    Try Seatools (Seagate) or Fujitsu Tools

    Western Digital
    http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=502&sid=30&lang=en

    Note... these do not do what Spinrite does, but they are good diagnostic tools.
    I think some would argue that Spinrite is no longer as useful / important a tool as once it was.
    In the early days of pcs and xt's with small drives around 10-40 meg... I was a huge fan of grc.
    Today, grc continues to do good work... Personally, I just have not found Spinrite to be as important.
     
  3. Deviouz

    Deviouz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    Note... these do not do what Spinrite does, but they are good diagnostic tools.

    What can I use for Data Recovery & Maintenance though like SpinRite does..?
     
  4. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    One of Spinrites features was defragmentation.
    Windows defrag does a good job, though there are some others out there that are arguably better.
    You might find this discussion informative - http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic85866.html
    I have used, and can recommend that by Auslogic - http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/download/

    For Data Recovery... Acronis True Image gets good reviews,
    and it is part of WD's Hard Drive Utility, (as well as Seagate's, I believe)
    You might also consider whether this might serve your needs...
    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/80-virtuallab-data-recovery.html
     
  5. Deviouz

    Deviouz TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 70

    I was looking for something more along the lines that runs checks at low level for bad sectors and data recovery ect..
     
  6. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,436   +37

    Again... I commend for your attention WD's Data Lifeguard.
    Re: that provided for SATA and PATA drives, version 1.22
    I refer you to the documentation .
    Please note that the software may or may not work on any specific non-WD drive.
     
  7. CAMusing

    CAMusing TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

  8. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    GetDataBack is excellent for data recovery. Doesn't scan the disk for errors (I don't think) but it's recovered data for customers before.
     

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