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Windows 7: Hard Drive With BAD SECTORS HELP!

09 Jul 2012   #1
ed123

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 
Hard Drive With BAD SECTORS HELP!


i recently tried to dual boot a computer Hp dm4-3099se but ended messing it up ......
now i cant boot the hard drive i says No Bootable Device -- insert boot disk and press any key. i dont know what to do then i tried to wipe the hard drive with dban and it says no fatal errors but had to stop because of it has bad sectors now i dont know what to do ?? please help


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09 Jul 2012   #2
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows Ultimate SP1/Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums, ed123. I think the first thing would be to check the hard drive with the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic tool. Most of them have a bootable diagnostic tool and many have repair functions on them.
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09 Jul 2012   #3
ed123

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

ok so just go in the BIOS and run diagnostic tool that comes with it?
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09 Jul 2012   #4
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows Ultimate SP1/Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Yes, you can do that if your bios has a diagnostic tool, or go to the hard drive manufacturers web site and download their diagnostic test.
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09 Jul 2012   #5
ed123

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

werecan i find my hard drive info
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09 Jul 2012   #6
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows Ultimate SP1/Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

If you had an OS, it would tell you in device manager, It will usually say the brand number in the boot options of bios, or the sata configuration, failing that, you will have to look at the label on the drive itself. You may try running the HP diagnostic test, it may tell you the drive brand in the results. Normally it will list the drive model. Normally if it starts with WD it is western Digital or if it starts with ST it is Seagate.
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09 Jul 2012   #7
Night Hawk

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, W10 Preview - Second remote tower Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

The Device Manager should show the make and model series of the drive when looking under the "disk drives" item. If you have a Western Digital that will show WD where you can go to the WD support site for their LifeGuard diagnostics program. If Seagate you would need the Sea Tools.

For any other brand like Hitachi or Samsung you would go to that manufacturer's site or try the Sea Tools. WD's wares are more or less limited to their own brand there. A software approache for fixing repairable situations would be HDD Regenerator 2011 which is a paid for software with a trial download available however for restoring drive.
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09 Jul 2012   #8
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

ed123,

Do you have a Win 7 DVD? Yes/No

Did you make a recovery set of discs? Yes/No

You probably do not have any bad sectors, but what you have done is messed up the boot area of the hard disk, especially now that you ran that program or attempted to run the program.

Let me know the answers so that we can proceed correctly.

thanks
karl
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09 Jul 2012   #9
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows Ultimate SP1/Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

As I understand it, you have no Operating system so you will need a bootable diagnostic program. Seagate's sea Tools for DOS can be downloaded from here, Western Digital's data lifeguard can be downloaded here. You will need the DOS CD file.
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09 Jul 2012   #10
ed123

Windows & Ultimate 64 bit & Linux Mint * Dual Boot
 
 

yes i have a windows 7 repair disk and i ran the hard drive diagnostic program and it passed it
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