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Windows 7: SeaTools for DOS and Windows - How to Use

01 Dec 2015   #30
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You might see if temporarily disabling AVG may allow SeaTools for Windows run properly.


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01 Dec 2015   #31
hottroc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK, tried that, no difference. Same result as before when I tried the Windows version (except maybe a bit quicker), but basically nothing in the "Detected Drives" window.
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01 Dec 2015   #32
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Odd. You might give the free program PassMark DiskCheck a try to see if it may run properly for you.

PassMark DiskCheckup - SMART hard drive monitoring utility
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01 Dec 2015   #33
hottroc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Does it have the ability to fix bad sectors?
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01 Dec 2015   #34
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's for checking the health of your drive, but you can use the included Disk Check in Windows to repair bad sectors.
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01 Dec 2015   #35
hottroc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have tried chkdsk with both the /f and /r options and it did not fix the problem, this is the precise reason why I wanted to use the SeaTools program. I understood it could fix bad sectors on Seagate HDDs whereas the Windows chkdsk tool only marks them as bad I believe.
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01 Dec 2015   #36
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

In that case, the free software below looks promising. I haven't tried it before though.

Bad sector repair software - Eassos Partition Manager

I would still recommend using PassMark DiskCheck to verify the health of your drive though.
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01 Dec 2015   #37
hottroc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, I checked the link you posted and that software sounds pretty good, so I'll give it a try, thanks.
Good job I followed the link as first I thought you had mis-spelled Easeus Partition Manager.

I'll also try the PassMark, but I have already used a SMART monitoring program (gsmartcontrol), which identified Re-allocated sectors (ie bad!) but the disk passed the basic test.

I'll let you know how I get on.
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02 Dec 2015   #38
hottroc

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The Passmark program shows the Status of my disk as OK, however when I try to run the Disk Self Test (Short) it gets to 10% then gives the message "The last self-test routine completed with a failure of the electrical element" and doesn't get any further.

The other program you suggested, Eassos, looks really good and I was initially impressed as it found a few damaged sectors but I don't know if I really trust it because I realised that the results somewhat depended on my PCs background activities. For example a few damaged sectors were found when my AV decided to update, and then later when I rebooted my router suddenly a few damaged sectors appeared again. Also this was the second attempt, after I suspected this was happening on the first attempt, aborted at 17% and on the 2nd attempt some sectors that were marked as damaged on the 1st attempt were suddenly "Excellent", this without the Repair function actually being run (I've only done the Verify so far).

So I'm not sure whether to repair the ones found as damaged in my 2nd attempt or not, as their blurb seems to imply that the repair process is data-destructive.
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02 Dec 2015   #39
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Agreed.

You might see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO with a command prompt at boot instead on the drive.

Disk Check
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