Let dell replace the drive.
And while chkdsk does have an option to do this, I find my data to be worth having a drive without issues.
I have a Vostro 1500 running Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 and all other updates.
I run Windows Live One Care for virus protection, firewall setting, spyware detection and backups.
Recently I was having a problem doing a backup with a new external drive. I then tried to do the same backup on the external drive I had been using with the same results, after running for over an hour it would hang. I ran the tuneup function in One Care which said there was a problem with the hard drive and it scheduled a chkdsk for the next reboot. This had happened once before but chkdsk did not find any problems, not so this time. So much for the history lesson.
Now when I boot my machine it wants to run a chkdsk and if I let it run it gets to the following message:
89% complete (25311216 of 28933969 free clusters processed)
where it stops, the two number are different each time I run chkdsk but not by much.
I also ran a system check from hitting the F12 key during boot and the Pre-boot Sytem Assessment Build 4106 came up with the following error:
Error Code 0142
Msg Error code 2000-0142
Msg Unit 1 Drive Self Test Failed Status Byte=79
I then ran the disk test in the program that came up after that and got the following failures:
In the read test:.....
Test Results Fail
Error Code 0F00:0244
Msg: Disk_0 Block 299181333 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
and in the Verify Test...
Test Results Fail
Error Code 0F00:1A44
Msg Disk_0 Block 299181333 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
So as you can see I have identified the bad block I just need a way to mark it bad so it will not be used anymore.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.