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Is there a setting to make Recuva skip a bad sector of a HDD after a certain amount of time?

If not, is there a free data recovery tool that will do that and recover the files as well?

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Recuva is not something I have used, but ddrescue (available in many Linux distributions' standard repositories and probably all decent rescue/repair oriented live CDs) will do its best to recover the contents of a block device (such as a disk or partition) or file, with options about how many reties to use for each block that errors. You can even re-run it later to retry the blocks again and it will only try reading from blocks it had trouble with last time. See for details of the algorithm it used and the options you can provide to tweak its behaviour.

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