Run SpinRite as a VM to scan your hard drive with less downtime.

I’ve thought about doing this but when was listening to Security Now Podcast they mentioned someone doing it. Run Spinrite as a VM to scan harddrive so you dont have to take the whole PC down.

I wanted to scan a drive on my ESXi server so I spun it up on my ESXi box and mounted the drive as a datastore and gave the VM the whole disk space. So far is working.. I think. spinritescreen

 

Here are the VM settings I used. Not sure if they are the best options but it seems to be working alright for me.

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So looking at the VM Performance charts it looks like I might have gone over kill on the RAMs, believe it or not.

 

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Memory Chart from vSphere
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Disk Chart from vSphere

 

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