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By leah_1964 ·
Can you fix bad cluster on windows 98?

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by bwaggoner In reply to Bad Clusters

You can't fix bad clusters and leave the operating system in tact. You can move information to another area by running a thorough scandisk. There is a possibility of correcting the drive by using the manufacturers utilities. Western Digital has utilities that I have used before to correct Western Digital HDD problems. However, you wipe out the HDD when doing this. You may want to go to the Web site of the manufacturer. Most HDDs have a three year warranty that will replace the drive if non correctable errors occur during that period. Good Luck

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by mlittle In reply to Bad Clusters

You could use a surface analysis utility provided by the maker of your hard drive, such as WDDiag for Western Digital hard drives. Using this type of software will either mark defects and compensate for the lost capacity by using spare tracks or let you know that the hard drive is not repairable. Sometimes this types of utilities are destructive so be sure to have a back up of the drive before you do it.
Also, most hard drives have warranties that cover them for a couple of years, call and see if the drive is under warranty.

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by eap In reply to Bad Clusters

All HDDs have bad clusters, its just that modern HDD's are smart enough to allocate some space to hide them. You should never see a bad cluster until this allocated space is filled up. Low level formatting might recover the cluster at the expense oftotally erasing all data on the drive, but keep in mind that bad clusters are frequently the result of physical damage to the disk surface, and therefore all you will get from low-level formatting is a lot of time wasted to find out the drive can't be repaired. In my experience, once one bad cluster shows up, usually (though not always)others are soon to follow. Back up your data NOW and start shopping for a new drive. They are cheap these days. You may also want to persue a warranty claim through the HDD manufacturer if the HDD is less than 3 years old (most HDD's have a 3 year Warranty)--check the drive manufacturers web-site for RMA info.

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