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Realocated Sector Count showing weird number

As can be seen on the screenshot below one of my hard drives is showing a weird count for sectors. Should I be worried about the disk dying? It's been running like this for four years. Could this be ...
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Could there be data loss on hard drive due to reallocated sectors?

The SMART data for one of my hard drives indicates that it has some reallocated sectors. I've read that a bad sector will only be reallocated on a write operation (meaning the original data is being ...
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What does the output of fdisk mean?

I've got a flash drive and I want to understand the properties of it as is outputted from fdisk. I inserted it and check the dmesg and I could see that it was mounted as /dev/sdb1 so I ran fdisk to ...
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Recover Bootable USB disk data

I have a bootable USB disk. There is a program in the USB disk for controlling a micro-controller. Yesterday my friend did a big mistake. He connected the disk to his laptop, and after creating backup ...
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Boot Sector Missing in External hard drive

Yesterday I needed to copy some data from my girlfriend's laptop to mine. To do so I just copied my whole data from my external hard drive to my PC and used the hard drive for data exchange. After ...
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Cloning a 512 sector size to Advanced Format WD Black drive

I have a old WD Black drive that is not Advanced Format. Due to it having one bad sector in a unused area I need to clone it to a new hard drive to avoid losing data. Unfortunately the same model of ...
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What are the differences between Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and service area of a HDD/SDD?

I'm confused about the differences between the Host Protected Area (HPA), Device Configuration Overlay (DCO), and the service area of a HDD or SSD. From what I gather on the wiki pages, disks can have ...
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GRUB: ELF sectors outside core

I just recently installed Xubuntu 12.04. Instantly after installing it I updated all my packages, however one package, grub-pc, failed to install. I'm not sure what caused it to fail, but here is the ...
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suggestions for migrating a windows 7 install to a new 4K sector disk

I'm looking to upgrade the disk on a windows 7 box to a new larger drive. In the past for such migrations I'd just hook both drives up and use a linux boot disk and use dd to copy from one disk to ...
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accesing G-listed sectors

is it possible to acces g-listed sectors? in the scsi protocol I can get the amount of g-listed sectors via a a scsi command however I wonder if I can try to read from them. maybe with a direct read ...
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Can a USB pen drive have sector size > 512 bytes?

Hard-disks, these days, can have sectors sized from 512 to 4096 bytes. I would like to know if the same is also possible with USB removable storage media (flash drives, or pen drives). Context: I ...
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Computer crashes when reading single folder - HDD Pending Sector count is 2

I have a Windows 8 (not 8.1 yet - I've been away for three months) Pro x64 PC with a 120GB Samsung Evo SSD for Windows and the User folders mklink'ed onto my 1TB Samsung HD103SJ. Whenever I try to ...
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Linux command to get FAT32 sectors of a file

I'd like to find an equivalent command to debugfs but for FAT32 partitions within Linux. I need to list all the sectors corresponding to a specific file (I'm working on a disk imaged with dd). If ...