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Windows 7: Cant access partition, slow system & file record segment unreadable.

18 Sep 2015   #11
HighFlyerPL185

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
If you are sure that your drive is failing with too many bad sectors and decide to clone it then I would suggest that you do a sector to sector cloning using ddrescue
No clue if it's failing; WD suggested a fail on surface check, as Gokay mentions above. I'll follow your best advice once I purchase another HDD (big thumbs down on the spending, but what can you do). Turns out WD offer 5 year warranty (had it only for 3 years), so fingers crossed I'll be able to get a replacement and sell it!

What would I have to enter as /sdb and /sdc? The drive letters, and if so, in what syntax? An example would be very helpful.


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18 Sep 2015   #12
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

This is in reply to GoKay's Post #10

First I did not understand drives without drive letters.

Second OP says Digital Diagnostics Tool - surface Test . I have no idea about it. To me it looks like it is not the same as Data lifeguard diagnostics.

In any case it is a good idea to clone if the OP already has an empty drive. But backup software like Macrium will fail to clone a drive with bad sectors. These software can clone good drives when you want to migrate.

There is no screenshot of Windows Disk Management showing the third partition RAW.( Or I could have missed something.)

Let the OP clone the drive and then we shall see the WDM and PW pictures to decide what should be done further.
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18 Sep 2015   #13
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

So, things to do:
- Scan HDD with Data Lifeguard
- Screenshot of Disk Management with HDD attached as described in Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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18 Sep 2015   #14
HighFlyerPL185

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

It was the Data Lifeguard Diagnostics (WinDlg.exe); sorry for my lack of consistency, my bad. I downloaded it from their site, at the time when Windows would still download files. I ran an extended test (I think that's what it was called), and after an hour of scanning, it said that it's failed, and can attempt to repair damage with data loss.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
There is no screenshot of Windows Disk Management showing the third partition RAW.( Or I could have missed something.)
I can't access that, it's blank and keeps loading virtual drivers forever (I did mention it in the first post).

I'll let you know how it goes once I purchase a new HDD.
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18 Sep 2015   #15
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HighFlyerPL185 View Post
......What would I have to enter as /sdb and /sdc? The drive letters, and if so, in what syntax? An example would be very helpful.
OK, now things are a little bit clear.

You have to read this post WD EXTERNAL HARD DISK 1TB suddenly "unallocated" and "not initialized" step by step on how to use it. Follow it and you can do it.

3.Against the command prompt type: fdisk -l [ENTER] This will list all your drives. Note the nomenclature of your source disk(your faulty drive) and destination disk ( your empty drive). The option is lower case L = l and not one 1

Only in step 4 I have changed the command.So I had given the command.

Since your faulty drive is 1TB you may buy a 1.5TB drive or 2 TB drive.Don't buy any drive greater than 2TB.
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18 Sep 2015   #16
HighFlyerPL185

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Thanks.

In regards to purchasing a drive, is HGST a good manufacturer when it comes to avoiding disk failures? I heard Seagate is really bad, and well, WD just failed for me
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18 Sep 2015   #17
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I have been using 2x 1 TB Blacks for 5.5 years, no issues so far, along with 3x 640 GB Greens (same age). It is your luck, if you can afford it get another Black.

On the other hand a 3 TB Seagate died on me couple months ago when it was 2 months old. Got a new one from the distributer.
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18 Sep 2015   #18
HighFlyerPL185

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
I have been using 2x 1 TB Blacks for 5.5 years, no issues so far, along with 3x 640 GB Greens (same age). It is your luck, if you can afford it get another Black.

On the other hand a 3 TB Seagate died on me couple months ago when it was 2 months old. Got a new one from the distributer.
Would a Green 2TB do me fine? Mostly use the PC for web dev, browsing and a bit of quality HD gaming.
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18 Sep 2015   #19
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

@GoKay.

Have you any idea why Op's drives have no drive letters? That is something new to me

Second you did point out that the Programs folder both x86 and 64 are on the other drive's third partition.Surely it is not a good installation. The OS and all programs should be on the same drive. Is there anyway you can suggest to rectify this without a fresh install? These things are surely not my cup of tea or Turkish coffee.
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18 Sep 2015   #20
HighFlyerPL185

Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
@GoKay.

Have you any idea why Op's drives have no drive letters? That is something new to me

Second you did point out that the Programs folder both x86 and 64 are on the other drive's third partition.Surely it is not a good installation. The OS and all programs should be on the same drive. Is there anyway you can suggest to rectify this without a fresh install? These things are surely not my cup of tea or Turkish coffee.
I did install lot of software away from OS partition, to save space. I thought that would be ok? Drive letters appear in Windows correctly, if this helps.
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