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Can you run Spinrite on an External Hard Drive?

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January 29, 2013 11:42:58 PM

Hello,
I am wondering if I can run Spinrite to repair an external hard drive. If so how? do you mind walking me through the steps. I'm using Windows 7 it is a WD 320GB External. Thanks in advance
a c 316 G Storage
January 30, 2013 3:04:51 AM

Data recovery professionals will tell you that SpinRite is a drive killer. This is because it hammers away at bad sectors up to several thousand times hoping for just one good read. This approach can dramatically accelerate the failure of a bad head. Even if it is successful, it then writes the data back to the same drive rather than to a clone.

The best approach is to clone your drive, sector by sector, using a utility (eg ddrescue) that understands how to work around bad media. Then use data recovery software on the clone.
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February 6, 2013 12:50:37 AM

I don't need to clone the drive. I just want to repair it for external hd use. It was my hd but has been replaced already, so that is not the issue.
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a c 316 G Storage
February 6, 2013 12:59:38 AM

In that case just zero-fill the drive and hope that it reallocates any bad sectors. Check the SMART report afterwards.

As for SpinRite, I don't believe that it can access a USB drive.
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February 13, 2013 5:11:03 AM

how do i zero fill a drive?
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May 31, 2013 12:12:05 AM

With killdisk or another wiping software
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