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Bad Sectors on Harddrive

By dwtk9 ·
Hi it's me Derek,

Okay I got a harddrive with bad sectors that Windows won't let me boot up with it. When I booted my PC with another harddrive I found out that I could still see and read the data in the original harddrive. However the harddrive with the prob won't boot up and while doing the scandisk the scandisk program hanged at about 3% or 17% progress.

Is my harddrive gone? Is there a method where I can windows to ignore the problem. I plan to format taht harddrive and use it to install Windows NT ?

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by grosseholz In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

If you run scandisk make sure you run it without autofix. That can help because it gives you the option to correct faults as you see fit.
If you want to copy your drive Norton's Ghost is good, it ignores all but the worst faults.
Sometimes bad sectors are software generated and can be removed thru fdisk.
Be sure to backup first.
Rolf

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by dwtk9 In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

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by dmiles In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

The hard drive is not gone,and answer #1 gave good info,only I would not ghost a hard drive with bad sectors,you will ghost the bad sectors and tranfer them if you do this.
You may want to try booting from the ERD,if there was one created at setup.
Do you necessarily need the data on the hard drive is the question you have to decide.

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by bdgray In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

Are you running scandisk in Windows? Boot to a Windows floppy boot disk and run scandisk from there. Also run a surface scan so that bad sectors will be marked and not used by the O.S.

You should realy consider just getting all of your vital data off of this HD. The drive is only going to get worse from this point on.

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by calves In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

I am surprised that nobody mentioned Norton Disk Doctor, you can probably download a trial version of Systemworks and fix your disk.
I hope it helps you!

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by seanw In reply to Bad Sectors on Harddrive

The bad sectors on your drive have little or nothing to do with it not booting. The master boot record on the disk is gone. This is very easily fixed. Boot to your startup disk(floppy or cd). At the a: prompt(or where your disk is) and type fdisk/mbr.
This will replace the master boot record. Make sure your startup disk is the same as your OS.

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