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You probably haven't lost any data yet, so I don't think there's a point in figuring out which specific files were stored in the bad sectors. When a hard drive detects an anomaly in a sector (read/write speed slower than usual, for example), it will immediately move any data stored there to a sector in a special "reserve" pool. Then, it will mark the problem ...


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I was right disbelieving in elves and anthropic principle. It was an external factor: my BIOS was detecting both hard drives as "SMART bad", though only one of them was actually bad. After disconnecting both and connecting a new good primary HDD, the secondary turned out to be good.


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$BadClus is a list of the sections of the drive has been marked as a bad cluster. If it were truly a bad cluster the internal instructions in the drive's firmware will automatically attempt to move the data to a reserved portion of the drive if it can. One or two bad clusters on a drive is no big deal and can be expected as the drive ages. However if the ...



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