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Hi @misterian and welcome.

Over the native drivers I think whatever limitation may exist is significantly higher than what you have here.

It will really depend on how the drive is attached to your system. If via USB and the BIOS doesn't support it then it may not present it to SpinRite.

Can you give us more information on how it's attached?
 
Isn't there a 256 TB limit under 32-bit NTFS?
and 8 ZB for 64-bit GPT?
Of course, it might be a few years before we reach those sizes. :giggle:
Although, I remember my first hard drive in 1985 of 100 MB that was the size of a shoebox and sounded like a jet engine!
 
Is there a maximum for SR 6.1? I searched and can't find the answer. I put in a 10 TB drive, and it wasn't seen. Thanks!
I too, have a 10TB drive (I do hope yours isn't a Seagate Ironwolf as well :-( )
I am using an external SATA USB dock, I've tried two different ones but the drive won't recognise in windows or SpinRite yet. I'm still troubleshooting this because in my case; my drive has the click of death and I'm not sure if SpinRite can help me yet but I'd rather try before sending this drive back to seagate!

This is the second Seagate Ironwolf I've had that's failed within a year of purchase.
 
external SATA USB dock
I replied to you elsewhere, but USB is not an ideal solution for use with SpinRite 6.x. It still seems likely your drive has failed, as clicking is not considered a normal drive activity. Probably the drive is clicking trying to load its firmware from the surface, which is failing. If the firmware doesn't load, then the drive will not come online and no device will see it.
 
I replied to you elsewhere, but USB is not an ideal solution for use with SpinRite 6.x. It still seems likely your drive has failed, as clicking is not considered a normal drive activity. Probably the drive is clicking trying to load its firmware from the surface, which is failing. If the firmware doesn't load, then the drive will not come online and no device will see it.

Thank you for both replies PHolder!
Yeah I don't hold high hopes either... if it's firmware related - would that be on the PCB that 'could' be swapped?
 
would that be on the PCB that 'could' be swapped?
I presume not. I assume, since the platters are a massive non-volatile storage space, the drive manufacturer saves money by writing the firmware there, rather than into some flash or ROM. The ROM which would be on the PCB would contain enough code to spin up the drive and read the firmware from the platters. One presumes there is a means to write the firmware back into the drive (as was done during manufacturing,) but that would be something only the drive manufacturer could do.
 
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There's no maximum for SpinRite. Some early testers used 16TB drives, and I have one here that works nicely. If you're curious and can provide some elaboration of "I put in a 10TB drive" ( put in... where? : ) either I or those here will be glad to help! (y)
Trying a Seagate 14TB on some various laptops. SR61 sees 2TB. Pictures of box and Seagate 14TB Enclosure plate attached. What should the correct process be?

Noting Steve's comment above:
There's no maximum for SpinRite. Some early testers used 16TB drives, and I have one here that works nicely. If you're curious and can provide some elaboration of "I put in a 10TB drive" ( put in... where? : ) either I or those here will be glad to help!

Advice appreciated :)
 

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Trying a Seagate 14TB on some various laptops. SR61 sees 2TB. Pictures of box and Seagate 14TB Enclosure plate attached. What should the correct process be?
That's a BIOS USB limitation. If you can remove the drive from its enclosure and connect it to a desktop PC with a SATA cable, SpinRite 6.1 will be able to access the entire 14 TB.
 
That's a BIOS USB limitation. If you can remove the drive from its enclosure and connect it to a desktop PC with a SATA cable, SpinRite 6.1 will be able to access the entire 14 TB.
Thanks Colby. That's what I thought ..... Hmmm where do I have a Box PC ...???? Basement?...

Well I hope I can "crack" open the enclosure. :)

thanks again :)
 
Those now come with a direct USB connection, not a SATA converter. One less chip to buy, and the volumes are large enough to make it economical to make the variant.
 
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