I have 320GB drive with following layout: 100 MB - win data; 100 GB win partition (boot+data); 190GB data; 30 GB Linux
Now my system started to hang up, I got many atapi errors and some ntfs errors, in windows error log. So I ran some disk inspector software and found that on sector around 3GB in is corrupted. The smart data also show warnings for sector relocations. I ran chkdsk and it was able to repair some damage.
Now my idea before buying new HDD is to cut off the first few gigabytes and left is unassigned. But the corrupt sector is on bootable partition in the left part.
Can you point to some software capable of cutting off the left part while preserving data and boot capabilities?
I know about GParted and Acronis Disc director, but I have no idea if this is possible.
PS: I'm aware that the disk is probably heading to silicon heaven, so this is only temporary solution. But I need to run the PC for at least few weeks before I will be able to get new HDD.