RAIDers of the Lost Benchmark
When the drive started taking longer and longer to access, and kept repeating the same spin-up-spin-down process, I realized it was sounding similar to other, more severe crashes I’ve experienced in the past. I realized I had limited time, and any kind of utilization of the drive would accelerate its demise. I had to make this count. I copied the data to another drive, a process that took up an entire day and required multiple reboots in order to run CHKDSK and restore the MFT of the external drive, which kept becoming corrupted in the process of copying the data. This is guerilla computing, folks.