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SpinRite with USB external drives?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by DCM1519, Apr 7, 2006.

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  1. DCM1519

    DCM1519 Thread Starter

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    Does anyone here use SpinRite with external hard drives? No problem with recognizing internal drives but the externals do not show on menu.

    I have four external drives and do not want to take them apart and install as internals for testing.

    SpinRite web site says that USB DOS drivers may get this to work but in searching for them, there are a lot of different drivers available. Not sure which, if any, of these would work.
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Since DOS does not natively support USB at all, it would be heavily reliant on the ability of your motherboard to also provide such support with third party drivers. I would not expect a high success rate unless you can find hardware specific drivers.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I'd suggest you not even attempt this. If you're shooting craps, why not go to the casino?

    What is the error indication that prompts you to run SpinRite?
     
  4. gophersnake

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    Back when Spinrite 3.1 was new, Gibson Research published a description of how Spinrite actually works. They're up to Spinrite 6 now but the document hasn't been superseded and is still available as a 19-page PDF, SpinRite: “What's Under The Hood”
    Spinrite seems to need to work very intimately with the disk controller and make it do all sorts of things it doesn't normally do. I find it hard to believe that it could "wiggle the heads" quite the same way through a USB link. It would be a bit like trying to tell someone over the phone how to ride a bicycle.
     
  5. DCM1519

    DCM1519 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the responses. I am going to skip doing this.

    There is no error but about a week ago, one of my external drives showed as "bad" in Partition Magic but OK in XP disk management. Trouble was that even though disk management said it was OK, it would not format the drive.

    I did get the drive formatted and so far, it is running fine. Don't know what caused that message but this drive is only about 4 months old (Seagate) so if it fails, would still be under warranty.
     
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