I consider myself a geek. I’m an engineer by trade, and so I’m always trying to figure how stuff works, what’s wrong with it and how to fix it. That’s just how I roll.
So when my wife called last week saying that she was having trouble with our laptop, I wasn’t too worried.
And then when I got home and got a BSOD that indicated that there was a hard drive problem, I was wasn’t worried. Actually, I was a little excited.
I had wanted to have an excuse to buy SpinRite because I had heard so much about it on the Security Now! podcast. It was touted as pretty much a utility to fix whatever problem your hard drive had. It’s a little pricey, so I had been waiting for a good excuse to buy it, and now with this hard drive problem on our laptop, I had my reason.
So I went to GRC.com and got a copy and burned it to a CD and booted up our laptop. It came up and went through the screens. I selected the hard drive to scan and went to go to the next screen.
The program said, “Scanning for drives…” and just stayed there. I waited for hours and it was still stuck on the same screen.
That didn’t seem right, so I rebooted and tried again, and again, and again. Same thing. My smile was gone.
I then tried putting the drive in the laptop’s 2nd drive bay. That did the trick. SpinRite came up and started working on the drive. I knew it would take awhile, so I left it overnight working at 0.1% done.
The next morning I came in and it was 7 hours into the drive and 0.5 % done, and predicting completion in 80 some hours. “That’s not right, ” I thought, so I stopped it, and started again at 2% into the drive. “Maybe the first few sectors are pretty bad.”
This time it seemed to go a little faster…for a while. And then it hung up again and started chugging on another sector.
And so I let it run some more. A few days later, little progress was made on the drive and it was now predicting over 1000 hours until it would be done. I wasn’t smiling anymore.