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Hard Drive Bad Sectors

by hoople / January 7, 2011 11:30 PM PST

After a window opened asking if I wanted to download an update to the LogicTech Web Cam we recently installed, I declined but the computer started acting unusual with several windows opening asking to End a certain Task. When I rebotted ChkDsk would start but Freeze at 6%. I tried to open in safe mode but would freeze and it would not open in Last Good Performance. So, need less to say I can not access the computer.

I used the Seagate DOS Disk Diagnosis Tool and it found one bad sector. Although it provides the option to repair the bad sector, I have been hesitant since after searching the web there appears to be mixed feelings about doing a repair to a bad section that it can actually cause more harm.

I back up files fairly regularly but would be concerned about some email address book, internet favorites and some other settings.

I am not sure if it would be better to get another hard drive and install it as the master and the bad one as the slave and copy data or if repairing the bad sector would be the better option. If I would get another hard drive, I assume I would have to install an operating system in order to view the contents of the old drive.

I have a six year old Dell 8400 running Windows xp sp3 with a 160 gig Seagate Hard Drive with about 60 gig used. I run Avast and Spy-Bot regularly.

Any suggestions would be most helpful.


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by Steven Haninger / January 8, 2011 12:31 AM PST
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Fixing the bad sector usually means relocating what it can to spare areas of the disk. The diagnostics utility should return a code as well. The code, if the disk is within the warranty replacement period, could qualify for a replacement disk. In any event, bad sectors are known to multiply in their number and the best advice is to be proactive and replace the disk as soon as practical. Back everything up ASAP. You might also be able to let Seatools do the repair and then clone the disk to a new one. If you want to keep it as spare for now, you may do so but don't put anything critical on it that's not backed up elsewhere.

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(NT) Is any of you data backed up ??
by VAPCMD / January 8, 2011 2:11 AM PST
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Data backed up
by hoople / January 8, 2011 3:33 AM PST

Pretty much anything of importance is backed up such as docs, spreadsheets, photos, etc. There is probably information in a few recent emails I wouldn't mind being able to retreive as well as a few programs for which I downloaded and may not be able to get any longer but nothing that I would consider critical.


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Then I'd replace the HDD and image the existing HDD
by VAPCMD / January 8, 2011 5:58 AM PST
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"as is" to a new larger HDD. Assuming that's successful, you can 'tinker' at your leisure getting anything else off the drive you may want.

If that doesn't work, then you could use Windows, SeaTools or SpinRite to read the data and move readable data to new spare sectors or on the disk.

Let us know how it works out.


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Bad Sector Repaired
by hoople / January 8, 2011 1:15 PM PST
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I ran the Seagate DOS Tool and had it repair the bad sector and I am up and running again. Now need to go and get another hard drive and image it.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

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(NT) Good to hear...let us know how the replacement works.
by VAPCMD / January 8, 2011 2:29 PM PST
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by Shavawdownload / January 19, 2011 10:34 AM PST
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You may try chkdsk command to mark the bad sectors, or some other tool can help you repair bad blocks on your computer http://www.diskgenius.net/help/check-repair-bad-sectors.html The checking and repairing is free offered on this program, which means you don't have to register the program to repair bad blocks.

Tips, do backup your data before doing this since anything unexpected happpened may took your data from you if there were no backup copy.

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