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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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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex seagate External HDD. Lately is was causing some issues like few folders which had data were not showing any file in it. Few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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How can I identify bad sectors on a hard drive to check if files are affected? [duplicate]

Last week a six year old Vista desktop blue screened with a registry error. Rebooting, it loaded fine. I ran SeaTools on the drive (Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB) and it said that I should replace the ...
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Slow for Small Files, Fast Big Files

My WD Harddisk has a problem so I had to replace it. anyway, i need to recover my data. I have windows 7 Pro. I used the old harddisk in external harddisk case (through USB cable) it takes very long ...
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How can I find out what's on a certain block in an HFS+ formatted drive?

I've a hard disk that has damaged blocks. I'm now copying it using ddrescue to an external drive. I've a file with the list of the damaged blocks, how can I find out which files are located in the ...
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HDD bad sectors - chkdsk versus hdtune

I bought new HDD WD Blue (WDC WD10EZEX) as a secondary storage media (no RAID or anything, just a bunch of big video files on NTFS). There were a few problems at the beginning, Windows freezed at ...
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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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How can I generate a list of files from a list of sectors?

I've had a hard disk failure and managed to rescue some data from the disk (1TB) with GNU's ddrescue. The last 800GB of the disk were perfect, no single error, but in the first 200GB there were almost ...
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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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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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Hard Drive Bad Sector marking utility [closed]

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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Sudden hard drive failures

In the past month I experienced three hard drives suddenly failing for seemingly no reason: A 500GB SATA Samsung hard drive in an RF511 notebook (6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI ...
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How bad are bad sectors?

How bad are bad sectors on a hard drive really? If a tool (e.g. disk utility from ubuntu/gnome) reports bad sectors on a disk, what is the expected time to death? (assuming the bad sector did not ...
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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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Drive still usable if Seatools reports errors?

I have a Seagate 3TB Expansion Desktop drive that was part of a Linux RAID 6 array that failed. I eventually did a zero fill both through Seagate DiscWizard and via Linux dd, neither reported errors. ...
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At what point are hard drive bad sectors actually bad?

I'm kind of freaking out here, so I'm sorry if this question may be panicked. So, today, when I started my system up, I took a look at one of the drives in my Raid 0 setup. It showed 7 bad sectors. ...
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Equivalent of badblocks on Windows or DOS

Is there a utility in DOS or Windows that is as thorough as badblocks on Linux?
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Bad performance on Windows 7 with Bad sectors

Since a month ago everything was right with my laptop. And then Windows started crashing. Now my windows is stuttering every 5 seconds and fails to perform smoothly any operation. There were no bad ...
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Laptop shuts after 5/10 seconds (sometimes) <del>(May be due to bad sectors in HDD)</del>

I've Sony VAIO laptop (model VPCEA23EL). Mostly I use it for internet usage and as an entertainment system, sometime for minor programming (No DB or No VM are installed). I do keep it on for 24 X 7 ...
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Hiren's Boot CD - HDD Diagnostics - EDIT S.M.A.R.T. info

I have a Seagate hard drive and scanned it using Hiren Boot CD with HDD Revitalizer. HDD Revitalizer scanned and repaired bad blocks. It only found 2 bad sectors. After that I ran a low level ...
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ddrescue - what are bad sectors look like in the final?

I've read tons of docs on ddrescue, but still can't get sure on such a thung: how the bad sectors look in the output image file(or disk) at the end of the ddrescue's work? Manual says it skips bad ...
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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 safe to copy data from hard disk having bad sector

My one of the HDDs got lot of bad sectors. Thus it was responding very slow. I used HDDRegenerator and fixed/marked them. Now I am able to use data properly. Sometimes I feel that files take long ...
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Mark bad blocks as unusable on NTFS using linux

one of my laptops are using windows and after a certain impact it doesn't boots up anymore, I figured the disk might've been damaged. So I've launced live Kali linux and scanned it with badblocks ...
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Fixing SSD hard disk drive bad sectors or recovering data from SSD HDD bad sectors [closed]

I'm not trying not to repeat any questions already listed but might be a good exception, if it is. Rundown: Laptop with 2.5" 256GB SSD HDD Encrypted with PGP Whole Disk Encryption Laptop and HDD ...
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Share external drive under knoppix

I have this weird situation where I need to recover a broken HDD. The physical drive is split into 2 logical partitions and for some reason they broke up really bad. Here is a schema: ...
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Is it possible to extract/backup the so called G-List (a list with bad sectors)?

If I run a full disk format in Windows, it will often find and mark bad sectors in the SystemArea, in a list called the G-List (source). If I re-format the drive, this list will get deleted. Is there ...
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Are Soft Bad Sectors recorded in a drive's S.M.A.R.T. data?

Yesterday I was faced with a soft bad sector when I decided to run chkdsk.exe in Windows all by myself. I have suspicions that it was caused by a recent Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver update. I ...
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can't run chkdsk, autochk.exe corrupted

Vista64 - at least 3 files are bad, disk may have bad sectors. One broken file is the one that runs CHKDSK at re-boot: AUTOCHK.EXE. I believe the disk has bad sectors - from err msgs. Now: how can I ...
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check if hdd has bad sectors ad force windows to ignore them

i have a 500gb hdd (SeaGate), and every now and then i get a bsod with error being ntfs.sys it happens daily, maybe even 3 times a day is there a way I can check if my hdd has: a. A bad sector/s ...
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Unable to Write Zeros to Bad Sectors/Hard Disk Not Counting Reallocated Sectors

I have a drive that is reporting that the current pending sectors is "45". I have used badblocks to identify the sectors and I have been trying to write zeros to them with dd. From what I understand, ...
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Really damaged HDD, is there a faster way to identify and mark bad blocks?

I have this 120GB HDD with ~2-3GB of contiguous bad sectors on it, no way to regenerate them, but other than that, still usable. I don't have splinters running inside, so it seem safe for now (or for ...
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Unable to access 15 GB partition?

I have 250 GB HDD. I have created 5 partitions of it. Unfortunately, I am unable to format, delete, access my 5th partition which is of 15 GB. It says that it is Unallocated. If it is unallocated then ...
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GParted reports bad blocks on a new drive?

I have a pretty old Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that had a failing drive (boots started failing, S.M.A.R.T. parameters showed reallocated sectors), so I used Clonezilla to copy the data to a new drive ...
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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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Portable hard drive broken media

My portable hard drive fall on the on floor hard yesterday and stopped working, the hard light is flashing blue but my PC can't see it, i tried it with many machines, but the same , it is not working, ...
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What does a file system scan really do?

How do file system scans (like CHKDSK or fsck) really work? I know there are full applications with lots of options, but how do they scan for "bad" sectors? What are they doing when scanning? How do ...