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  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
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    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

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Wonky SSD - Fixed by SpinRite :-)




I'm guessing this might be another candidate for any recovery that I can get to running...





@Cozmo : Yep. There's definitely some fixing that SpinRite will be able to do. If you didn't mind running the entire drive through a refresh, others have found that running a SpinRite Level3 (Refresh) will bring the drive back. In the future, SpinRite will be able to selectively re-write slow (and probably endangered) regions to restore their speed.





@Steve - I ran SpinRite for about 4h15m on the drive and all I can say is ... "wow ?!?" But now, a few questions :

- How long should this "restoration" hold ?
- Or when could I expect the numbers to drop off again significantly ?

Thanks a bunch, will try and retest periodically...




@Cozmo — Cool results! And the short answer is: We don't know yet.

What happened was that while working to create a proof-of-operation for SpinRite's next-gen low-level hardware drivers, that proof-of-operation took the form of a benchmark. And as a side effect of that, we discovered something quite unexpected. But I remain laser focused upon the immediate-term goal of getting SpinRite v6.1 into everyone's hands as quickly as possible. Because then, even though it would still be a blunt instrument, a Level3 scan of an SSD could be performed much more quickly.

When we WANT, however, is to learn much more about exactly what's going on and to have a surgical precision SpinRite that's able to intelligently (or at least heuristically) use SSD read timing to spot trouble long before it becomes a danger and then surgically re-write and thus repair only specific SSD "soft spots."




@Steve - Ok thanks for that !

Reading between the lines here, I guess this sort of result/reaction to a Level 3 scan of SpinRite only applies to SSD's, right ? No such luck with HDD's ?