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SpinRite

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Avg rating of 3.5 (2)| 3 comments

What is SpinRite?

SpinRite is a computer software program for scanning magnetic data storage devices such as hard disks, recovering data from them and refreshing their surfaces.

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SpinRite Features

  1.  PortableSpinRite can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.

SpinRite information

  • Developed byGibson Research Corporation
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.5
  • Alternatives6 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

Our users have written 3 comments and reviews about SpinRite, and it has gotten 31 likes

SpinRite was added to AlternativeTo by Journeyman on and this page was last updated .

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Da_guy2
  
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Spinrite currently doesn't support drives larger than 2tb, which is most drives now a days. Unfortunately Steve Gibson had been procrastinating on an update for years now, so until he gets his act together use an alternative.

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OriginalFlavor

I do not think this is an issue with ver 6+. "SpinRite can run on any PC compatible system with a 32 or 64-bit Intel or AMD processor and a color screen. The previous SpinRite v5.0 is available to v6.0 owners who need to run SpinRite on older 16-bit 8086/80286 systems and/or monochrome screens." https://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm

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newmania
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Steve Gibson is a real craftsman and he does commercial software right: no DRM, very flexible and simple license.

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Xeogin
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Oh how I wish there was a legal, free substitute for this software, it's the reason why I found this site.

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kalyok

Xeogin, it all depends on which part of the program you need. I found useful one option, kind of unique to SpinRite - refresh HDD surface, which is read and rewrite the same data back on the HDD. This procedure, done every once in a while, enhances data signal and prevents data loss due to normal/natural demagnetizing of the platter surface. Well, I found one free software that replaces this exact function: DiskFresh by Puran Software. However DiskFresh is better than SpinRite because it runs in background while OS is live, and it doesn't do too many extra moves, as compared to SpinRite. Well, not everything is positive - DiskFresh doesn't recover data, doesn't repair bad sectors (but does report them), cannot show S.M.A.R.T. data, etc., but for that I have other free utilities: Victoria, HDAT2, HDSDOS and many more others to choose from, that all together cost $89 less, that SpinRite. :)

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  • File Recovery
  • data-storage-analyzer
  • scan-harddisk

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    Spinrite currently doesn't support drives larger than 2tb, which is most drives now a days. Unfortunately Steve Gibson had been procrastinating on an update for years now, so until he gets his act together use an alternative.
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