"He's a laptop
Hero with stars in his eyes!"
Oh ok I know pretty lame play on the Foreigner song Jukebox Hero. But I have to tell you about a great little hard disk utility I found today. Maybe not news to everybody but this progam called "SpinRite 6.0" is a miracle worker!
How many of you have experienced what you thought was a hard drive failure? You know, the blue screen
of death, nothing the black screen
with the c:\ prompt? Well the kid had his laptop
crash the other day which some precious recordings of his buddy (lead singer in their band) who passed away a month ago. Typical Winders XP systematic failure of the Operating System. Couldn't reboot into the OS. No safe mode, nuttin'. Well the kicker
was it wasn't a tragic loss, couple of hours I could have rebuilt the system and reinstalled his programs but all of his data, music
, videos, e-mail etc. would have been lost
I contacted one of our techie gurus and he pointed me to SpinRite 6.0
as a likely solution. Apparently according to him only 1 in 5 hard drives are actually toast. Most suffer from data loss in areas of the hard drive, such as boot sectors, that the OS can't reach with its normal disk maintenance
tools. This is where SpinRite 6.0 comes in. It works at isolating bad sectors of the hard drive and restoring lost
data at the hard disk level bypassing the PC's operating system & computer hardware
. I get kinda lost in the details and put my faith and $89 bucks down to find out.
It's a little cryptic to get used to the concept
of navigating around the non-gui interface, anybody remember DOS? well it comes with its own free DOS OS to run the utility.
Back to the story, I ran SpinRite 6.0 on Daniel's computer. An 80GB hard drive, took about 45 mins. Bingo! On first reboot the computer started and loaded normally!!
SpinRite 6.0 can be purchased online and downloaded from GRC*|*Hard drive data recovery software**
for $89 US. I think this would be great tool to have for anyone relying on PC based navigation
systems. It works on Winders, Mac OS, Unix and a host of other OS's you'd normally find on laptop or desktop
PC's. Can you imagine the time, effort and inconvenience this one little utility would save if you suffered a hard drive failure at sea.
You guys know me, I usually don't get too excited about anything (except drunk multi-hull boat owners
just kidding!) but this is something I thought was well worth the small investment in time and money
I'm not empolyed or receiving any compensation from GRC just a very happy customer! I've got a few old hard drives in the basement I might be able to recover the family
photos from now!
I'll never leave home without it!