SpinRite

I have SpinRite and heard that it can be used for HD maintenance.

How?  There are 5 levels that SpinRite can be ran in...
Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAsked:
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SemperWiFiCommented:
Easier than explaining all here is text. Here is a SpinRite Demo video you can watch to learn all about the package. http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Nice video... still doesn't indicate which level (there are 5) is to be ran just for every day maintenance.
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SemperWiFiCommented:
What maintenance are you attempting to perform?
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
For default maintenance you should use level 4. This is offered and explained to you as soon as you load SpinRite.
If you want to recover unreadable data you would use level 2.
The five levels described by SpinRite's Options:
1. Examine the surfaces.
2. Recover Unreadable Data.
3. Refresh the Surfaces.
4. Locate Surface Defects.
5. Restore Good Sectors.
 
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
By the way... the manual recommends monthly maintenance... the HDD's ... like most things ... the more you use them the more they wear out. I doubt that anyone will run it enough to wear them out in 5 years which is the life expectancy of todays' drives (even if you run SpinRite everyday) nevertheless, not all drives are the same and some will wear out sooner than others (even from the same model and from the same manufacturer).
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nobusCommented:
hey bits - i thought level 2 was for normal maintenance - much faster than level 4 (locate surface defects) which is only used when you suspect problems !
correct me if i'm wrong -  and Gibson should write a better user manual imo...fur such a very good product !
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I usually forget the screens myself (had to run it to double check). Take a look.
 
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nobusCommented:
exactly what i said : lvl 2 : at high speed..lvl 4 : surface analysis- much slower...
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BitsBytesandMoreCommented:
I don't disagree with the speeds. I was just clarifying and answering the question on what option to select for regular maintenance as advised by SpinRite (Gibson).

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Sheldon LivingstonConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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