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Windows 7: Best software to repair bad cluster on Hard Drive?


21 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 pro
 
 
Best software to repair bad cluster on Hard Drive?

My drive is going bad, crkdsk is finding alot of errors on my drive. I have a program called spinrite will that restore and remove the errors? What program can I use to fix this or are all of them a waste of money?

Basically can a bad sector hard drive be fixed?

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21 Feb 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

No it can`t, it`s a damaged part of the surface. I have a couple 1 TB drives with 1 bad sector on each.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_sector

http://www.auslogics.com/en/articles/bad-sector/

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...isk-for-errors

run sfc /scannow

instructions are below
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21 Feb 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

If you already own Spinrite, try it out, it won't damage the drive. What it does is when a bad sector is found it tries to read the data in it several different ways and relocates it to a good sector. It hen marks the bad as unwritable. It won't work however if there is a mechanical defect in the drive.
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21 Feb 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

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23 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 pro
 
 

Thanks, I ran spinrite level 2 and it seemed to respond better than before but it still freezes when I try to defrag the disk. I'm gonna run level 4 then try one last program.. if that doesn't work I'm just gonna get a new drive.

I'm wondering if I clone the drive, then format the bad drive will the sectors go away?
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23 Feb 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

The bad cluster(s) will remain, but a format may not include it. It will likely show up yet in the SMART tests.
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23 Feb 2013   #7

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Despite what they claim, Spinrite does not REPAIR bad clusters. That is a hardware problem and software can't fix it. What Spinrite does is attempt to read the bad clusters in various ways and then move the data to an unused good cluster. I used to use it all the time years ago -- when drives cost a fortune -- but when I tried this again a couple of years ago, it failed. So, I don't think it works anymore -- but that is just my experience.
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23 Feb 2013   #8

Windows 7 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
The bad cluster(s) will remain, but a format may not include it. It will likely show up yet in the SMART tests.
Okay, well it sounds like it's no such thing as a software fix, the only hardware fix is a need hard drive.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
Despite what they claim, Spinrite does not REPAIR bad clusters. That is a hardware problem and software can't fix it. What Spinrite does is attempt to read the bad clusters in various ways and then move the data to an unused good cluster. I used to use it all the time years ago -- when drives cost a fortune -- but when I tried this again a couple of years ago, it failed. So, I don't think it works anymore -- but that is just my experience.
As of right now, it only freezes when I try to do a defrag or use any program to try to test the hard drive. Other than that it works good enough to use daily.
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