Spinrite vs SMART drive readings, Data Included

I did a quick experiment this week in the lab. I had a Toshiba 80GB  SATA hard drive that was showing signs of failure. I wasn’t able to install windows on the disk. I ran a HDDScan on the drive and collected the data (Fig 1-1 below) and then I ran Spinrite software on the drive in “Deep Scan Maintenance Mode” on the affected hard drive. The maintenance scan took nearly 14 hours to complete. Afterwards, I ran the SMART test feature of HDDScan again and recorded the details. (Fig 1-2)

Fig 1-1 toshiba-80-before-spinrite
(Fig 1-1) This is the data from the scan BEFORE the using Spinrite in deep scan maintenance mode.

Fig 1-2 toshiba-80-after-spinrite
(Fig 1-2) This is the data from the scan AFTER the using Spinrite in deep scan maintenance mode.

As you can see, the empirical data is nearly the same. There is not enough data to determine whether or not Spinrite can be considered a drive repair tool in this case. More tests will be required. Subscribe to follow this experiment as we adjust variables and re-test.