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As I mentioned in a previous question, I'm trying to shrink my primary hard drive to split it into another partition. I'm getting the following message as a result.

The last unmovable file appears to be: \$BadClus:$Bad:$DATA

Is there any way to move this?

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Windows has certain files that are unmovable while you are booted into the OS, I would try defragging and compacting the files by connecting the hard drive to another PC and running a complete defrag of the offline drive. Then put it back in the original PC and try the shrink again.

Another method to use is a third party partitioning tool from a boot disk.

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+1; and I'd like to suggest a 3rd party tool - GParted from a Live CD. I once used exactly that to punt an entire Vista partition along by ~200Gb to make space for Win7 at the start of the disk. It took ages, but did the job. Just be careful... –  DMA57361 Aug 2 '10 at 15:26

Of course you can't do anything with it. It's a list of bad pieces of the disk. Since it represents a physical reality there's nothing you can do about it.

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I would run spinrite. The hard drive is capable of logically swapping out bad sectors like the one in the error. I had the same problem where I couldn't resize a partition.

You could always make an image backup, reformat, reimage, and then do the move.

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