Storing and Retrieving Data Slowly

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Jan 8, 2021
Given the benefits of storing & retrieving data more slowly on optical media, I discovered that using tools that can limit the read speed of hdd copy jobs (eg. rsync) allowed me to recover otherwise unreadable data from a failing hdd recently; it's certainly not infallible but allowed me to recover a fair amount more data than I otherwise could.

I wondered if Spinrite might employ any speed limiting techniques during its sector scans?

In contrast to the insatiable focus on pushing performance boundaries, I'm also curious to know whether limiting the write speed to either an hdd or ssd may also be beneficial for long-term archival data storage, as it can be for optical media?