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Howdy,

I have 3x 1tb drives, 2 are for sure seagate. And if people need it, i'll get their 7200.0# edition on here to.

I've got 2x esata external connection points. I'd like to be able to fresh format these drives, repair them, etc, as a few have low health percentages.

I don't mind if the storage itself is lower, if they are listed as bad sectors, etc, un recoverable, but keep the rest in great condition, etc.

I can if needed, physically open up the drives (with tutorials/videos how to's), etc, as I have tools, anti static, etc, and am willing to try this route as well.

I'd like to make this work, but safely also, As I don't "need" the drives, but wouldn't mind having them if I can make them work, long term.

Suggestions?

- Le_Loup
    
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Are they still under warranty?
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Not these 3, a 4th and 5th were, I kinda "cooked" the drives a little accidentally, they were easily super fanned, but they were rather to close together. I've since re arranged my system / upgraded case for better airflow. However i'm at the point, I need to do it myself.

I can still turn them on / see the storage, i'd like to improve it for long term though, if it's even possible.

Plus i've already backed them up to.

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You can try running SpinRite on them.
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You can try running SpinRite on them.
What's the basic concept of spinrite? What would it do for me (pro/con)? I'm googling it right now, but i'd like your take on it, if possible.

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If you are getting many bad sectors, there is no point on trying to save a drive. Usually its a sign of the controller or heads are failing. And opening a drive is almost certain death. You need a clean room. IE hermetic sealed. You would spend more time and energy trying to fix them then to go buy new ones. Also if there are a e-recycle place near buy, you can sometimes pickup hdds cheaply.
 
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If you are getting many bad sectors, there is no point on trying to save a drive. Usually its a sign of the controller or heads are failing. And opening a drive is almost certain death. You need a clean room. IE hermetic sealed. You would spend more time and energy trying to fix them then to go buy new ones. Also if there are a e-recycle place near buy, you can sometimes pickup hdds cheaply.
I know what you mean for recycle drop off's, locations, however they don't offer up hdd's, due to privacy policies, etc..

It's not that "i'm" getting the bad sectors, my initial defrags, scandisks'(yes..), and diskkeeper, perfect disk, etc, are not getting so much, it's just they were reviewed as low life as per warrenty "checkup".

However it can't hurt to try eh?
    
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It's not that "i'm" getting the bad sectors, my initial defrags, scandisks'(yes..), and diskkeeper, perfect disk, etc, are not getting so much, it's just they were reviewed as low life as per warrenty "checkup".
Many of these tools that claim to measure hard drive "health" are pulling a number out of their... backside. There is no "low" or precise "percent" of drive health.

If you want to really know what's going on with the drive, try running GSmartControl on it.
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Many of these tools that claim to measure hard drive "health" are pulling a number out of their... backside. There is no "low" or precise "percent" of drive health.

If you want to really know what's going on with the drive, try running GSmartControl on it.
Oooh sounds like a cool app, i'll check it out! Thanks!

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k, can't use gsmartcontrol, don't have esata on my ubuntu laptop, only on my pc, and i'm esata'ing 2 drives right now, and I can't get connected.

I've turned ON spinrite, with a virtual machine successfully, and successfully mounted my hdd's into it as the primary physical disks (disc 7 and 8 for each vm).

However i'm getting the FOLLOWING ERROR... grr...


Quote:
Originally Posted by annoying error when selecting the drive or partition

Some of this drive's items will be troublesome.
One or more of the partition items contained on this drive have some trouble which will prevent SpinRite from operating correctly. Rather than attempting to select every item at once, please individually highlight the specific items you wish to use so Spinrite may verify each one.

"Press escape to remove this message"
I've tried to follow it's directions LITERALLY.

Somehow , the vm thinks there is a: drive floppy, when there is none enabled in the vm at all...

I'm looking for suggestions, as I can format them in windows 7, I can create folders, I can twiddle my thumbs...

Suggestions?

- Le_Loup


Image of 2nd error... here...


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