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comment Is it sufficient to refresh an archival external HDD with chkdsk?
@Karan, I must apologise you're spot on. Tired eyes this morning! I'll give these a go +1 for your first comment. Would be good to know if a chkdsk bad block check does something similar.
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comment Is it sufficient to refresh an archival external HDD with chkdsk?
@Karan thanks, am aware it is a slow process, but could just be left to run over night. The utilities you provided are fine for checking SMART attributes and benchmarking, but not to do a bit-by-bit read or read/write... unless I'm missing something?
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comment Is it sufficient to refresh an archival external HDD with chkdsk?
Thanks week! I am a linux user myself, however admit I've never used/seen badblocks before. I'll have a look into it, however I am aware my uncle is not such a proficient PC user. Ideally would be great for him to have a set of instructions I can prepare that uses a native Windows program or app.
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comment Volume randomly turning itself down on Windows 7 64-bit
I would also check the connection jacks for any corrosion or oxidation. My speaker connection was loose and I noticed tiny singe marks, which when wiped away solved the issue temporarily. In my case, the connection jack itself was loose enough for very small electrical arching to occur which caused my sound to deteriorate over time. But this may all be irrelevant in your case, just speaking from experience.
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answered Volume randomly turning itself down on Windows 7 64-bit
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answered HP 4015 printer randomly printing blank pages?