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Feb 1, 2019
Southern CA, USA
From: Clinton Mills / @Clintonm9 — via Twitter DM on 2024/4/10 @ 9:52am
I wanted to share my experience with SpinRite after hearing about a similar case on your Security Now podcast. I've been struggling with my hard drive being extremely slow and unresponsive during the first 30 minutes after booting into Windows. It was a frustrating issue that I couldn't seem to resolve.

After listening to your podcast where you mentioned a user with similar SSD issues, I decided to give SpinRite a try. I ran a full level 3 scan on my drive, and to my amazement, it completely fixed the problem! My computer is now running smoothly, and the boot-up issues are gone.

Generally, I think people don’t understand all the potential issues that can come from SSD and the lack of visibility into what’s going on under the hood. Even talking to tech engineers in the field where we have previously used SpinRite countless number of times tend to think it can only help with spinning disk issues. SpinRite turned out to be a game-changer for my issue. Big thanks for developing such a killer tool, and keep up the great work on the podcast. It's really making a difference!