Its incredible how, after so many years, we still have to rely on years old software to analyze and recover data from one of the still most critical computer components ever: the hard drive.
Just a few days ago, one of my own external USB hard drives I use for backup stopped working. 1TB of backup data... that's a lot of data.
That's why I now take this opportunity to tell you about SpinRite.
This amazing piece of software from Steve Gibson digs deep into the lowest hardware levels and does thing that once were considered impossible to do: low level reformating and sector interleave optimization... in a non-destructive way.
If you rely on S.M.A.R.T. to assess your hard drive data quality, you better check this software before you get a nasty surprise.