Sean Collins on 26 Jul 2009 12:16:21 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Hard Drive warranty RMA

But but but SpinRite can automagically fix magnetic defects and allow  
disks to operate more reliably! I had a drive I put a rail tie through  
and I booted SpinRite and it was able to fix it!

On Jul 26, 2009, at 2:55 PM, brent timothy saner wrote:

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> Michael Leone wrote:
>> I always try SpinRite, from GRC. It can work wonders to recover a
>> drive. Not sure how well it handles the filesystem in question, tho..
>> It's not Linux, but as they say, use the best tool for the job. ;-)
> actually, spinrite is a false sense of security. once a hard drive
> starts to degrade, nothing will save it. all spinrite does is mark  
> which
> sectors are bad and tell the disk electronics to ignore those sectors
> (which badblocks can do) as well as a little bit of tweaking, if i
> recall (which one should be able to do with hdparm/sdparm). there is
> nothing special about it, it's a pestilence on the general public,  
> and i
> really would like to stop see it being recommended as a panacea as it
> only erases the symptoms temporarily and does not address the root
> problem- that the disk is degrading.
> you wouldn't take morphine if your abdomen was gashed open, would you?
> same concept- address the problem, not the symptoms.
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