On Friday, I blogged about opening the Seagate FreeAgent external drive.
The reason I had to open the drive up, was that I dropped it on the floor, and it had been behaving strangely since.
Not “broken”, just slow. That might indicate some drive damage.
So, there is only one thing to do in a case like this, and that is SpinRite.
SpinRite is the industry standard system for hard and floppy disk care, maintenance, and data recovery. SpinRite utilizes deep analysis technology to recover loss and unreadable data to locate and lock unsafe areas from use, to move endangered data to safety, and to repair areas of the drive which have become damaged or bad through use. SpinRite should be reused periodically to aid in the prevention of hard disk loss.
I’ve been using SpinRite to repair hard drives, since before the Internet.
Now if you take your faulty hard drive to a good PC repair shop, they’ll use SpinRite. So $89US is cheap, compared to a PC shop doing the same thing, and charging you hundreds of dollars.
When SpinRite is running, it looks like this: