What’s going on here? A week or so ago this showed up and haven’t been able to turn on my laptop since. Some hardware issue?

  • rekabis
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    1 month ago

    running it in an ssd is it can speed it up

    Let me be absolutely clear: due to the finite write capabilities of solid-state technology, using SpinRite on an SSD is materially harmful to that SSD, and WILL shorten it’s operational lifespan by a non-trivial amount.

    This is why SSDs have wear-levelling technology: to limit the number of writes that any one data cell will receive. By using a program that conducts intensive read/write operations on sectors, you are wearing your SSD out at a much higher rate than normal, dramatically speeding up any failures in the future.

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      1 month ago

      You are absolutely correct, SSD’s do have a finite amount of write capacity and SpinRite will lower that due to it’s very nature, at least 6.1 will. However I think you are over estimating the amount of wear it will place on the drive.

      I understand the objection and it’s a valid one. I have used it on my boot SSD to restore it’s performance to great effect, do I recommend using it every year on a SSD no i don’t.

      As this post is mostly about data recovery, I still believe it’s a valid option and the performance increase is just a nice bit of bonus information.