Spinrite 6.1 "less sphincter pressure" switch?

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cpuguru

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When evaluating a new drive or an old drive that I'm repurposing but want to do a sanity check on its health, I'd rather have Spinrite scan the drive but not beat itself up too much on trying to recover any data.

If a sector shows signs of being sketchy, I'd rather just have it blocked out and removed from service rather than SR spending any appreciable time trying to recover any underlying data.

Is there, or are there plans to implement a switch or menu option to put SR into a decreased sphincter pressure mode when scanning a drive?

Cheers!
 
I'd want it to do the whole read/write/reread/rewrite/reread process - I just wouldn't want it to spend a bunch of time trying to recover any data. If it fails I'd like the block marked as bad and move on.

Scanning some 4TB drives and most completed in less than 12 hours - this latest one has a few bad sectors apparently and Spinrite just churns away trying to recover data - which means it's been over 2 days so far.

Maybe a switch to abandon a sector if it hasn't been resurrected in x number of seconds?
 
I just wouldn't want it to spend a bunch of time trying to recover any data
Okay, for that, the new version (6.1 Alphas) has a command line option DYNASTAT. Pass it 0 and it won't try any recovery, or give it the number of minutes and seconds you want it to spend on each problem. (The seconds is a requested feature not implemented before Alpha 29.) The default is a max of 5 minutes, I believe.
 
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Okay, for that, the new version (6.1 Alphas) has a command line option DYNASTAT. Pass it 0 and it won't try any recovery, or give it the number of minutes and seconds you want it to spend on each problem. (The seconds is a requested feature not implemented before Alpha 29.) The default is a max of 5 minutes, I believe.
Excellent - just what I was looking for - plus I forgot about the Quiet switch - using that as well. Much appreciated!
 
Excellent - just what I was looking for - plus I forgot about the Quiet switch - using that as well. Much appreciated!
Level 2 DynaStat 0

WARNING: DynaStat 0 is A DANGEROUS "pro option" which will turn off recovery and ONLY REWRITE damaged sectors without first attempting any recovery.


You can also use DynaStat 1, 2, 3, 4 for shorter time outs with potential data recovery. (The default is 5 seconds)