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How to force a remap of sectors reported in S.M.A.R.T C5 (Current Pending Sector Count)?

The S.M.A.R.T C5 value of my Samsung HM640JJ Hard Drive (in an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop) is "yellow status = caution" C5 was 10 yesterday, and it's 21 today. C4 (Reallocation Event Count) = 0 and 05 ...
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What is the fastest way to mark bad sectors *without data recovery*?

I have an out of warranty laptop that has an hdd with bad sectors. I say that because chkdsk /r got stuck for over 24 hours at certain %. I also left GRC's SpinRite running for 4 days. It is my ...
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Transfer disk contents *without* cloning tools

Is it possible to "clone" a disk which contains programs by performing a copy of all the disk contents (preserving file attributes) from source to destination disk, and unplugging the source disk and ...
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How to isolate bad sectors on a hard disk in Windows 7? [duplicate]

If I know that a hard disk has bad sectors, how can I "mark" them so that Windows 7 doesn't write to them when I copy files and stuff?
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CHKDSK doesn't complete, can't clear dirty bit

At some unknown point, the dirty bit on my C: was set (verified with fsutil), and now chkdsk runs on every boot. However, it always aborts at ~51%, preventing the dirty bit from being turned off. I ...
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Recover bad sectors tool unable to run

I've been handed over a computer to repair. It errors on startup with "Error 1962: No operating system found. Boot sequence will automatically repeat." It doesn't show anything before this, not even ...
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Bad Sectored HDD - Need(ed) ideas

So, I'm running CHKDSK on my single-partitioned 450-ishGB HDD using Shift+F10 with Win7 repair disk. I got about 2300 bad sectors, some affecting Windows/system32 directory. It's been running about ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Does having some Bad Sectors indicate that the drive will crash soon?

I have a Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62 320Gb 7200RPM HDD. I checked the SMART status and there are 3 bad sectors, totaling 1.5MB. This means that approximately 0.00046875% of my hard drive has gone bad. Is ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex Seagate external HDD. Lately it was causing some issues like a few folders which had data were not showing any files.  A few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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Cloning HDD sector-by-sector (dd/ddrescue), how to skip bad blocks in the middle?

I've got a HDD with unrecoverable bad blocks. HDD is part of Raid-0 array. If I access bad blocks by any means HDD hangs. Let's assume the HDD full capacity is 500,000,000,000 bytes, bad blocks are in ...
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HD Tune questions/suggestions - Sectors counts and such

I'm new here and this is my first question. As the title says, I have some questions about HD Tune's infos. (Or programs like this.) I'll post two screenshots: System HD: This HD is 'very' old, ...
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Continuous scanning of hard disk for bad sectors

I have a WD hard disk (1 TB additional drive to my PC). For the last 10 days, surprisingly its accessing speed plunged. I thought something wrong with my PC first. Later on, I realized that I may be ...
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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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How to do a single pass with badblocks in destructive mode?

I am using badblocks to simultaneously (a) checking a disk for errors, and (b) do a destructive erase of any data on the disk; using the following command: badblocks -wsp 0 /dev/sdb1 I passed the ...
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Rufus says my USB drive has bad blocks, how do I fix it?

My USB drive have 256 bad blocks according to Rufus, and yes it does contain bad blocks since it always give corrupted error message when I try it to install Windows, but running chkdsk on this USB ...
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Faster recovery from a disk with bad sectors

Recently I tried to dd from an unhealthy HDD to a file. I used dd if=/dev/sdb of=somefile bs=4096 conv=noerror,sync. My problem was that dd wasted a lot of time when it encountered a bad block. In my ...
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What types of errors will result from booting if system files have been lost to bad sectors? [closed]

What types of errors will result from booting if one or more system files have been lost to bad sectors?
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Do Servers get bad sectors like computer HD? [closed]

Do Internet Servers get bad sectors like computer HD?
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When a sector of HDD is marked as bad, how to 'move' the data to a safest point? [duplicate]

I've used HDDScan and I found a LOT of bad sectors, but only on a specific portion of my disk. Probably the problem is isolated, I hope. I'd like to 'move' data from this sectors, because I know that ...
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What happens to sectors marked as bad when HDD is repartitioned? [duplicate]

If I have an HDD with some bad sectors and I format the disk (from Windows) or re-partition the disk, will bad sectors still be marked as bad?
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How possible a hard drive that used to have bad sectors now have none?

I have a 3TB hard drive for which I recently received a SMART alert saying there's about 16 bad sectors on it : C5 Current Pending Sector Count 0x10 C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 0x10 I ran CHKDSK ...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage? [closed]

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?
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Smart disk error?

I performed disk tests with DLGDIAG and HDAT2 and none found bad sectors, but there is a !Smart error flag in HDAT2, What does this mean? Here's a screenshot.
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Bad sectors found, should I replace my drive?

My main hard drive (Windows) shows some bad sectors, the number of sectors hasn't changed since I discovered them 2 months ago. However there's no clue how long they have been there. I have another ...
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Is there a way to figure out the exact sector numbers of clusters “chkdsk” reports as bad?

Recently I run chkdsk after it finished it showed 4 clusters in size 4kb are bad, is there any way to know the sector numbers of them?
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Tool to copy files of HDD with bad sectors

I have an external hard drive that is starting to fail, it has some bad sectors. It's a 1TB Fujitsu Siemens case with a western digital hard drive inside. Eventually I will backup the whole drive ...
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taking Image of HDD with reallocated bad sectors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tool to copy files of HDD with bad sectors My main hard disk has some bad sectors that have been reallocated. I haven't lost any files (from what I have seen) but it has ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...
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What is the `fsck.ext4 -i` file format?

I have a usb hard-drive that I just reformated as ext4, but which will fail in r/w mounting after a few seconds, remounting in read only. dmseg and /var/log/syslog help me as they provide information ...
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Best copy process with pending sectors?

I'm a bit confused due to this thread: Any way to recover a file with bad blocks (CRC error in Windows)? I recently decided on a Synology DS1815+ with four WD4000FYYZ HDDs (SHR2, which is Synology’s ...
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Can prematurely powering down a computer cause bad sectors in a hard drive?

Q1: Can forcibly powering off a PC without using the built-in shutdown/reboot functions, cause a HDD to accumulate bad sectors? Whether it be the result of BSODs, lockups, crashes, etc. Q2: If so, ...
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How do I avoid using bad sectors on the hard drive?

I know I have a hardware problem and it will get worse - and a replacement drive is arriving in 2-3 days. However, I desperately need to use my computer again for tonight. Most things seem to work ...
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Reading bad blocks from hard disk too slow in Linux

I'm trying to recover data from an old 320G hard drive (full of bad sectors) to a new one. I found that ddrescue is a good tool for this task due to it's smart algorithm. I have already done this once ...
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Bad sectors in the same place?

My disk work perfectly but every time I found lot of bad sectors between the range 4000 Mb to 6000 Mb and remap them with tools Victoria or Hdd-Regenrator then CHKDSK /f /r. Can I make that range ...
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Can I repair HDD with completed_read_failure reported?

I have a broken HDD here. There were some problems reading from it so I ran on it smartctl -t short smartctl -a The result is: SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num Test_Description ...
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Thousands of bad clusters discovered by chkdsk on external HDD

2 days ago, during download, uTorrent started to throw CRC error (write), i resumed failing download multiple times with no luck(same error appeared again and again just in few seconds/minutes), then ...
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How can I partition out damaged sectors on a HDD? [duplicate]

So the idea I had is that I want to create a partition with only or at least all the damaged sectors on a HDD (if only damaged sectors are not possible, then a few normal ones are ok as well) and the ...
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Determine which files are stored in bad sectors

I ran CHKDSK last night (log below) and noticed that apparently I have 4 KB of data stored in bad sectors. Is there a way to find out which files are stored in (or at least are partially stored) in ...
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Can it be that two S.M.A.R.T. hard drives die at the same time?

I have a PC with 2 S.M.A.R.T. drives, of different makes and age. Both started complaining about bad sectors this week and finally failed. The PC didn't fall or something. Can it be that it's a ...
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Extremely large amount of reallocated sectors

Before anyone starts giving me links I have read many threads about harddrives and bad sectors. I was just curious about anyway to prolong a read-only drive from death. For months now one of my ...
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How to ignore a range of sectors of HDD?

I use Windows 7 and I have a Maxtor STM3320613AS HDD (320 GB) and it have some bad sectors. I know windows ignores these bad sectors itself but is there any possibly way to force HDD itself to ignore ...
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Can the $BadClus file hold recoverable data?

I have an external hard drive that a family member dropped but however still functions perfectly other than the drive is not partitioned; the drive doesn't even click in the way a normal damaged hard ...
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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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Does my hard drive has a bad sector?

I ran Windows drive error check and got this message: Windows replaced bad clusters in file ###### Does this mean that my hard drive now has a bad sector and it needs to be replaced? Or is this ...
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Windows 8: How much bad blocks are there in USB flash drive?

I have a USB flash drive. After using it for a year or so some blocks became unreadable. I formatted the drive in order these blocks to be marked as bad ones: Was they really marked and excluded ...
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Interpreting Hard Drive status from S.M.A.R.T. results

I had Windows running CHKDSK on a drive at boot recently, I had to cancel every time because it took more than a day once and I didn't have that much time. I immediately backed up the data and ...
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Wiping only part of a partition on an HDD

I have an HDD which has failed in my NAS, and which I want to return to the manufacturer. I want to remove the data first since I had not encrypted the drive. The drive is recognized by Windows and ...
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How to repair bad sectors

I am using hd sentinel to monitor smart status and it reporting that currently 9 sectors are pending that may be reallocate later. I don't know what causes this error but is it possible to repair ...