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Clonezilla-ing fails on a bad(?) disk

I'm trying to do a physical to virtual conversion on an old laptop, by imaging the hd, and then copying it to a virtual machine. The laptop normally boots and runs fine, however Clonezilla fails with ...
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WD Disk. Boot disk for patching bad sectors?

Is there an ideal boot disk that can be used to patch bad sectors on a drive from a live USB stick? Have feeling this drive is messing up and want to patch it before things get worse on them.
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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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Bad boot loader sector

As an operation system developer I had to learn about hard drives, and I understand that there are bad sectors which become inaccessible or unwriteable sectors which are either temporary or permanent. ...
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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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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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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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What causes this HDD sector damage pattern?

Out of curiosity, I ran GNU ddrescue on a Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB hard drive with known bad sectors, and then I visualized the ddrescue mapfile with ddrescueview. When I zoomed in, this ...
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Can data patterns on HDD cause corruption?

I am really baffled that one of my movie files doesn't seem to like Samsung HDDs and I was wondering if certain data patterns can cause or at least favor data corruption over time. It first started ...
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Installed vmware workstation. Now my files on host computer cannot be read

Here is what happened in order. -I installed vmware workstation 10 on my win7 computer. -I managed to install a new win7 in my virtual machine and run it. -I shutdown win7 wm to change some ...
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The meaning of Reallocated Sectors Count = 0, Reallocated Event Count = 1, Current Pending Sector Count = 0 on SMART

My Windows OS hung then I forced the machine to shutdown by pressing power button. Later I run chkdsk and found out there were bad sectors on the hard drive. The Current Pending Sector Count was 24 ...
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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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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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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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Could other hardware be responsible for bad sectors on my hard drive?

I have a Gigabyte P67A-UD3-B3 motherboard. There is a single hard drive (a cheap Seagate Barracuda drive) attached to it over SATA3, and AHCI is enabled in the BIOS. Recently, the drive started to ...
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What are the bad sectors? [closed]

I want to ask about this : bad sectors ,what are the sectors, when they become bad, and what are the problems caused by having them and what to do when having bad sectors. Regards !
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Lots of bad sectors on a new SSD drive

I have a two week old laptop with a 128GB SSD. After a week during (presumably) the first fsck job run on the machine, I got a load of short read errors. After allowing fsck to fix the errors, I ...
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diskpart failed to clear disk attributes readonly error

I have western digital Hard disk drive of 500gb. It is crashed that is it is getting detected in bios but not it my computer. I can see it in disk management as unallocated hdd. I am trying to remove ...
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Dropped external HDD [duplicate]

I dropped my external HDD (WD My book 2TB, non-portable) from 1m (3ft) height on the hard floor. Now there seems to be no problem, but is there any way that I can check if it is okay? In the old ...
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Remove bad sectors on a hard disk in Windows 10

My old laptop has become utterly slow and unresponsive to the extent that after loading it takes a good 30-40 mins before I can even use it. It's mostly in an unresponsive state and doesn't change ...
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Restorer2000 Pro: Hard drive disappears from Windows 7 when writing hard drive image

I am using Restorer2000 Pro to create an bit-by-bit image of an old hard drive so I can do all kinds of data recovery on the image rather than the drive itself. Every time it gets to a certain spot ...
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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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Does it worth to reinstall Windows 7 in the same partition after bad sectors found by CHKDSK in it?

I've executed CHKDSK with both "Automatically fix filesystem errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery bad sectors" options selected on a system partition of a clean Windows 7 installation. Wininit ...
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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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How to understand this two results?

I scan my C Drive using chkdsk, it came like this: chkdsk scan completes in 1 minute. It shows 12 Kb bad sectors. I scan my C Drive using MiniTool Partition Wizard.It came like this: It shows 9 ...
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Weird Pending sectors

I have a WD Elements 1TB external HDD that has been getting some pending sectors in the last few months but in a seemingly weird fashion. I have looked on other threads but so far haven't seen ...
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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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Fixing bad sectors

My SATA HDD (Hitachi DeskStar 7K160) seems to have 1 bad sector. Is it possible to try to fix it? I checked Hitachi's drive tools and all of them are diagnostic tools, so I don't know how much help ...
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1 TB HGST Portable HDD - Prompted to reformat

I was viewing files from my portable HDD, but then it hanged. Aftewards, there was a "clicking" sound coming from my hard disk. Then a pop-up window came up and I was prompted to reformat the disk. A ...
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Reallocate bad sector [Linux]

I try to reallocate a bad sector. After reading this Question my understanding is, that the hard-drive tries to reallocate automatically. To trigger the process I tried to write to the sector with dd ...
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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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Why does my Windows 7 cannot fix hard drive and normally boot as usual?

In recovery mode it shows: cannot run autochk cause of last installled software. When i choose normal booting it just freeze after scanning hard drive and trying do fix it. In linux i disk manager ...
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How to quickly format a HDD with bad sectors (in linux)?

I have a SATA HDD, which has bad sectors. I do not need the data, and need to format the HDD to create a fresh device. I tried to repair the HDD problem with commands like fsck.ext4 -p /dev/sda1 ...
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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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If I copied some files from a hard disk with bad sectors without errors, are those files unaffected?

Or do I have to find a backup? It had thousands of reallocated sectors. I ran badblocks on one partition but not others. Does that change the result? I'm using Ubuntu. Some partitions are ntfs and ...
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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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Why do damaged hard drives freeze the entire system?

Why does a hard drive which is known to have bad blocks (verified in HDTune and HDDScan), freezes down my entire system? It is not the OS drive; it is attached to another SATA port, and I'm trying to ...
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HDD isn't re-allocating sectors

When a drive has bad sectors, I usually partition around it leaving 50~100 MB on either side of the bad area. I rarely go through SMART data. But this time when I was going through it I noticed ...
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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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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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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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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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