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How to *quickly* get a list of files that have bad sectors/blocks/clusters/whatever?

My wife's Windows 7 (64-bit) box has suddenly developed a SMART "disk is bad" status. I'm attempting to copy everything off (no admonishments about lacking a backup regimen, please, I know already ...
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Is it possible to find corrupt files spanning across bad sectors of a hard drive or find files fragmented beyond part of a partially copied partition?

I've been using dd/ddrescue to clone a hard drive with several bad sectors. Some sectors were definitely unrecoverable, but I'm wondering if there's any way to tell which files might have been tied ...
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How to erase a hard drive with unwritable sectors?

So I have a hard drive that is failing. I want to erase the data on it before sending it for replacement. I'm trying to use dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdXX, but it stops at the first write error. How can ...
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How to change hdd read error timeout?

I'm recovering data from an hdd using ddrescue. With "retry" disabled, it takes roughly 30 seconds for every unreadable sector. The hdd has tens of thousands of bad sectors and the process is taking ...
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Massive number of bad sectors on a hard drive?

I just added a new hard drive to my PC, and have been seeing some strange behavior with it. I'm wondering if they're symptoms of a problem, or if I'm just hitting some glitches for some reason. I ...
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external hard drive current pending sector (or number of unstable sectors) was 445, but after 0-fill format went back to 0

so is the drive in good condition? the drive is very new and i can exchange it for a new one, if the number is back to 0 and reallocated is also 0, does that mean the hard drive is in perfect health? ...
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How to do a low-level format

I have a hard disk which has some bad sectors on it. And it said when I booted in Linux mint that I already need to replace the hard disk. But I don't have yet the money. I'm just a student. How do I ...
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SMART Errors in Logwatch

I have an older Dell Precision 530 running CentOS 5.5. I am seeing these errors in logwatch: -------------------- Smartd Begin ------------------------ Currently unreadable (pending) ...
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how to check usb pendrive if it has bad sectors?

I once saw a case when file copied to pendrive had small patch of zeros where normal file had data. Is there a way to check whole disk for this kind of errors and if possible disable bad sectors ?
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How long will badblocks -vws run?

I'm running badblocks -vws /dev/sda on a new 80GB laptop drive to make sure the disk is good. So far it's completed 2 passes and is working on it's third. How many passes does it normally make?
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Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

I run check disk pretty regularly on my hard drive, and lately it's been saying that I have some bad sectores (66, to be exact). I've run smartctl and HD Tune. Both tell me that I have bad sectors and ...
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Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk

I have a hard disk that I scanned with TechTool and it reports one bad block. As far as I can tell, TechTool only scans and reports a failure. It doesn't fix anything. Back in the day, Norton Disk ...
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unreadable corrupted ntfs partition - lost clusters reported

partition magic is reporting multiple 'bad file record signature' and 'lost clusters' errors on my 250GB samsung sata disk (connected via usb on a xp sp3). Unfortunately PM is unable to fix. PM shows ...
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scan partition for bad blocks

Hello everyone I have a hard disk with bad sectors on it. I want to partition the drive so that the partitions are in the good part of the hard disk, and the parts that have bad sectors are not used. ...
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How can I wipe my iPod classic and fix any bad sectors on the hard drive without killing it?

My iPod never finishes syncing and only syncs audio, not pictures or video. Any ideas as to how I can fix it? My iPod classic 160GB worked well for a couple of years. I used to sync a lot of photos ...
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S.M.A.R.T. broken sectors

Recently I received my hard drive (LaCie) that I've sent away for warranty, my disk failed, and I used Palimpsest Disk utility to check if anything was wrong in the S.M.A.R.T Status. And it said that ...
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How can I find out what's on a certain block in an HFS+ formatted drive?

I've got a hard disk that has damaged blocks. I'm now copying it using ddrescue to an external drive. I've got a file with the list of the damaged blocks, how can I find out which files are located ...
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How do I determine what file occupies a given sector in Linux?

In Linux, I'd like to know how to find the file(s) if any which as using a particular sector on the hard drive (ext2/3). There is a similar question here regarding Windows, however I need a Linux ...
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Possible hard-drive problems, …but maybe not

I have a dell e1505 (inspiron 6400 I think) with many many problems. Its screen broke (twice), USB has mostly stopped working, the sound card seems to occasionally freeze the computer, and I thought ...
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Scandisk on a USB-attached laptop drive?

I'm trying to capture an image of this laptop, and it consistently fails (at 54%) with a CRC error. My first thought is to put the HDD in a USB enclosure and scandisk it from my workstation. IIRC, ...
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How do I determine what file occupies a given sector?

I have a hard drive with 3 bad sectors. I know the sector numbers and the computer can still boot into Windows. I want to run sector repair from an HDD diagnostics tool from the manufacturer, but ...
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USB drive errors after airport scan

I just got a new PNY usb drive and it passed through an airport scanner yesterday. For some reason, I wrote to it and then tried to read from it today, and it gave me a corrupted error! chkdsk ...
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Tool to copy files of HDD with bad sectors

I have an external HDD that is starting to fail, it has some bad sectors. It's a 1TB fujitsu siemens case with a western digital HDD inside. Eventually I will backup the whole drive with some ...
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Should “Scan Disk” be using more than 10G of RAM in Windows 7?

I have an USB external 1TB drive connected to my PC which is running Windows 7. I am doing an "erro-checking" on it, and I selected the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". After running ...
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External Hard Drive bad sectors recover/mark utility in linux

I've just installed the new version of Ubuntu, Karmic Koala, in my laptop. Everything is fine, except for the fact the system identified about 300 bad sectors in my 1TB external hard drive. I'd like ...
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Full physical hd check

I would like to run a full, sector-by-sector, physical check on some external hard drives. As far as I know,chkdsk does not supply this option. Is there a workaround under chkdsk, or a good ...
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Fixing bad sectors on Apple Snow Leopard

I'm running Snow Leopard and have found some bad sectors on my hard drive. Looks like I'm in need of a fix here. How do I go about fixing these bad sectors? Is there a program or tool that I can use ...
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will reformatting my hard drive fix bad sectors on it?

will reformatting my hard drive fix bad sectors on it? assuming im not concerned with the data on it....
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Hard Drive Bad Sector marking utility

I already have Windows XP, During installing Ubuntu(dual boot) the disk drive just stuck up at one place and doesn't seem to move ahead.. Is there a disk bad sector mark utility that just marks these ...
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The device, \Device\Harddisk1\D, has a bad block

I got this error when I did my scan disk ( with the option to fix the error) on an external hard disk. And here's the event log: Checking file system on F: Volume label is New Volume. Read failure ...
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Bad Sectors Relocation on Windows XP

I think my hard disk contains bad sectors and those bad sectors locate on the place where VM instance is, is there a tool that will allow me to fix those errors, or at least shift all the bad sectors ...