However, all updates to Steve's web page have stopped in 2006 (forum discussions are active, nothing else). What makes me suspicious is...
('a) He himself posted in 2006 there might be need for a SPINRITE 6.1 to make it fully functional with SATA drives. But it does not seem that project was ever finished (or even started?)
('b) Recent Forum discussions there seem to hover around issues SPINRITE has, or might have?, with correctly dealing with SATA drives. I am by no means a harddrive guru, and advice given there to make it work appear to often involve 'simple twists to the motherboard', which, at this point, I am somewhat uncomfortable doing.
Alternatives? (for my task it matters to have a program to repair harddrives so that any rootkit that might be hiding in a hd broken area would be killed).