A 20 GB drive may be years old and at least with my neighbor's screensaver which is titled "Disk Defragmenting" they tend to chew up a drive every other year.
It's your data. You may be revealing that you are not ready for the drive to die since I get to ask this question.
Where's the backup of files you can't lose.
Let me close by telling you that hard disks give "signs" they are on the verge of failure. You've been given the sign and it's always interesting to see what happens next.
I ran scandisk to check for bad sectors. None found. Good, I thought. Then my computer with Win Me ran slower than normal - e.g. some folders opened slower, took about two to three seconds. I ran scandisk again to check disk surface, and it found some 16,000 bad sectors on my sole 20G HD. My question: How do I find out where the bad sectors are, i.e. which folders and files are affected, without opening each file to see whether it can be accessed ? TIA,