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May 25, 2024
A few months ago I had an old WD 3Tb MyBook Essential attached to my NAS when one day I noticed an odd clicking noise coming from it and it was taking quite a bit of time to get a directory listing from the drive as well. Naturally I attempted to copy files as quickly as possible however, even using a utility such as robocopy, the process was taking a long time ( hours ) all the while the drive was clicking and other noises. After 900Gb worth of transfer the drive decided 'that was it', no matter what I it would not mount or be recognized on any of the machines I had. Great. The drive contents were code, work, pdfs of old out-of-print books that I have accumulated. Not exactly family photos but for me just as important. Was meaning to make a backup for a few years now ( yeah I know ).

Attempted using utilities from WD and other open/freeware utilities but no dice. At this point I decided just give SR6.0 a try ( yes I know ).

Initially SR was not able to see the drive connected to USB so I removed it from its USB case and attached directly to SATA. Windows could not mount the drive but SR was now able to see it. Started a level 2 scan and noticed the time remaining just kept increasing. This didnt look good and I was preparing myself to accept the loss, nevertheless I let it run over night through the next morning. After SR was done I put the drive back in its case, booted Windows and bingo I was able to see all my directories and files!
I needed to run SR on the drive one more time before I could get all the files copied. I seriously doubted SR could accomplish anything in this situation but was glad to be proven wrong. Now using SR as part of maintenance routine on all my machines. Basically from now on, anything from GRC will be the first tool I use.

Also, love the UI.
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