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Windows 7: Chkdsk - X Number Kilobytes in Bad Sectors

27 Aug 2017   #11

Windows 7 HP 64

What parameters did you use on chkdsk c: ?
I would run it again with /r (chkdsk c: /r)
It will take hours, even a day. Once it begins DON'T interrupt or you may loose data. If tit finds more bad clusters or bad sectors, replace the disk ASAP.

You can try to copy all files from the HDD to the new one.
On disk management, format the new disk and set it as Active.
Boot from a Linux disk, select all files and copy to the new one.
Boot from win 7 installation disk and then do a boot repair.

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28 Aug 2017   #12

Win 7 Pro x32

Used chkdsk c: /f. (FWIW per chkdsk docs /r defaults to /f).
NOT real familiar with Linux but played with it some.
What Linux distribution do you suggest and what program to copy?

FWIW spent lot time this weekend learning about HD and NTFS.
Turns out if the OS (NTFS) can't read the file in approximately 600ms, then
the sector is marked bad. Also when running chkdsk, it only is checking two bytes
within the MFT table (my guess is - still checking - that those two bytes represent
the threshold and/or average read time while the other is the last actual read time).
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28 Aug 2017   #13

Windows 7 HP 64

Check disk /f fix logical disk issues.
/R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F)
Run Check Disk from a Command Line to Check for and fix Disk Errors

I use Lubuntu - lubuntu | lightweight, fast, easier that is a light version of Ubuntu.
Download the iso, burn a CD or use Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way to create a boot able USB flash disk.

Samuria told NOT to clone the old disk to the new one as bad clusters will also be copied. I don't think so. It will copy bad clusters IF you do a cluster by cluster clone. If you use default clone, it will read and then white. It's faster and also defrags the files.
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28 Aug 2017   #14

Win 7 Pro x32

Megahertz07: Thanks for info.

Had the fortune to be in contact with one of the top HD recovery specialist in the US.
His recommendation is that one should NEVER run chkdsk as running it manually screws things up.
This seems to be supported by a "Chkdsk" article by Chen, that NTFS is self healing on Windows 7 (believe implemented beginning with VISTA).

To confirm type:

cmd > fsutil repair query c: {if c is your boot drive}
Mine shows on.

Also found out chkdsk has a /b option which will unflag bad sectors to have them reevaluated
but EXTREME care must be taken with this option as can ruin a drive. Backup drive first!!!
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28 Aug 2017   #15

win 8 32 bit

When you clone a disk with bad sectors it depeneds on the software and the setting if you search for each imaging software how it handles bad sector there is a wide scope some abourt some copy this that dont you have to set them up specifically not to copy its all ways safer NOT to clone as you dont know if there are more bad blocks and what files are corrupt v5: Imaging disks with bad sectors (Bad Sectors)
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28 Aug 2017   #16

Win 7 Pro x32

samuria: Point well taken. I happen to use Clonezilla, which copied the bad blocks based on comparing the original to the clone. However Clonezilla has a option -- used since all this issue -- that repairs source prior to copy. What that really means not real sure as have not found a lot of docs on Clonezilla that go into detail about how it clones.

Based on my research, I'll give My2Cents with the following summary on Chkdsk from an end users perspective:

1) On the one hand we have the drive manufacturers who are competing to sell drives. Naturally they want to look better than their competitor, hence they may fudge the numbers a bit to try both to sell the drive and reduce their RMA's.
Since most drives -- I'm aware of - have about a 50,000 MBTF, most users won't even come close to this usage and will either purchase a new system or drive before any issues develop -- OR - technology will change (e.g IDE to SATA) which most likely will have the same effect. So for me, I will give little weight to SMART, but rely on the manufacturers Test software as properly reflecting the integrity of the physical disk and its ability to hold/track the data put on it.

On the other hand we have for the most part Microsoft, who sells an OS, but is really selling services to troubleshoot OS problems as well as information about the OS they sell. While they give the end user some information -- they've been a lot better at this recently -- the end user may not have enough of a personal knowledge base to accurately use this information. For example, I'm sure there are a number of APIs to manipulate the NTFS file system at a very low level. But how many of us have used them and understand what impact -- consequences - they may have. Microsoft is also interested in keeping the customer happy. Hence they don't want users complaining about their OS or of lost data. So by marking sectors as bad earlier then they maybe should be (hopefully they transferred this data to another sector), they solve both problems. However, they still provide tools but don't really go into depth on their impact. So I'm NOT going to run chkdsk in the future. Also as Chen pointed out in his book, Microsoft gets blamed for a lot of problems, because people identify with the OS, when in fact the problem may have been caused by the software one just loaded from whereever.

My problems didn't start -- or at least become known (ignorance is bliss here) until I ran chkdsk. Prior to running chkdsk I had no "found000" directory and everything seemed to work fine.

Two additional points.
1) I saw today that Western Digital is bidding for Toshiba. If this occurs we will be down to two drive manufacturers and who knows what may occur other than the cost of HD most likely will rise.
2) We have a lot of third party and free software developers. But does one really know whether or Not their software is messing up your NTFS?
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28 Aug 2017   #17

Windows 7 HP 64

In 30 years working with PC I had seen many hardware fails, and most of them were HDD failures. HDD are basically mechanical devices with rotating disks and a sensor arm floating very, very close from disk surface.
There are two kinds of disk problems: Hardware and logical.
Check disk doesn't repair hardware problems. But it identifies them and try to manipulate data to avoid the defective part of the disk.
There is no way that check disk can cause a hardware problem as it only manipulate data.
On the DOS era, I use to run it at startup (autoexec.bat) and it never damaged the disk.
When you ran check disk and it detected bad clusters the disk was already damaged. It only showed up to you.
As I wrote before, I would run check disk with the /r parameter. If it finds more bad sectors, replace the disk.
It's up to you. But is better be safe than sorry, so back up your data.
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28 Aug 2017   #18

Win 7 Pro x32

Not trying to one up you, but been dealing with PC since 1981, and writing code since 1968.
This was before ASCII was even a standard.
That said, things change very rapidly, and keeping up is a major task.
Even with all I feel I know, I'd say it is about 10-20% of what's out there now.
I appreciate all the input and feedback from everyone who posts, and from that
try and make the best decision based on my knowledge, input received, and any additional research
throughout the discussion.
The above is the best I can provide at this point time.
Like everything else Cavet Emptor.
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