SpinRite won't work.

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  1. Posts : 283
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    SpinRite won't work.


    I'm sure that my hard disk has faults.

    The system was upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

    SpinRite can't scan what it finds on the C drive.

    There are hidden folders which might be the problem. I have a screenshot of the drive contents with and without the hidden holders.

    Can anyone suggest what I might do so that SpinRite can work?

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  2. Josey Wales's Avatar
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    Have you turned off UEFI BIOS?
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  3. Samuria's Avatar
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    Are you booting from spinrite disk
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  4. Posts : 283
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    Josey Wales said:
    Have you turned off UEFI BIOS?
    No. No idea how to do that.
    Samuria said:
    Are you booting from spinrite disk
    Yes.
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  5. Josey Wales's Avatar
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    Have you tried running CHKDSK /f from an elevated Command Prompt?
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  6. Posts : 283
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    I hadn't, but I just did. No report or log has appeared after the computer rebooted.
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  7. Samuria's Avatar
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    What version of spinrite are you running what is the exact message
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  8. Posts : 283
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    Josey, I found the log which I will attach.

    Samuria, it's v6.0 I will have to boot from it again so that I can write down what it says.
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  9. Fafhrd's Avatar
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    I don't know of any recent alternative to SpinRite, but it is rather an old utility. GRC

    It is a DOS 32-bit program, designed for IDE & SCSI hard drives, that I think was last updated in 2004 by author Steve Gibson, to v6.0 in order to access NTFS drives. Hard drives in the XP era were smaller in data capacity by a degree of magnitude and slower in operation than today's HDDs.

    On the basis that all Hard disk drive media has fundamental storage defects, SpinRite corrects data errors on a statistical basis and rewrites the data to provide effective defect management on the disk's surface by finding weak areas on the disk and marking them as defects, which the manufacturers disk firmware may not be as effective with.

    v5.0 will not work on NTFS formatted drives.

    Apparently, in an example on the GRC website, an 80GB drive took 22h to complete the process of repair, so a larger modern drive may take a long time.

    First, check that the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive shows no obvious problems. One program that will give you a detailed report on the disk health is SpeedFan:

    Download SpeedFan - Access temperature sensor in your computer

    This is the link Speedfan 4.52 you should click, not the banner with the big "Download" on it!

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    Once installed and running, select the S.M.A.R.T. tab, then your HDD from the drop down list, and see the results.
    Fitness and Performance bars are good indicators whether the disk has problems, and you can perform an in depth analysis online from another button, provided by HDDStatus.com:

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    This site can perform analysis, store results for historical analysis and offer advisories if there are notable performance variations.

    That should allay your fears, or confirm that your disk may have problems. Your chkdisk only showed correctable data problems, thankfully.
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  10. Posts : 283
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    Samuria, it says:


    Select Drives and Partitions
    ***********************

    Dos A: Undetermined Format

    Drive 0 Add-On Controller

    Part 1 MBR followed by EFI


    I've tried messing about with it but it balks at everything I try to do. I can't make screenshots. I tried photographing the screen but that's hopeless.




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