Bad sector on the HDD unrepairable?...or something else?
Here's the situation...
The Vista defrag 'analysis' catches a HDD surface problem and hangs during defrag. My Iolo Professional detects it also and tells me that it can't perform a defrag due to a fault in the disk.
Here's what chapping my ass, though...
I perform a CHKDSK during startup (scheduled, obviously), and it works it's way through 80% of the final stage of the check (free space) and then it jumps to 100% suddenly and restarts my computer.
I can only assume that it's a physical problem with the HDD, but why is CHKDSK not isolating it and fixing/ignoring it?
Did I miss a memo or something?
Here's the genesis of the problem...
I was trying to upgrade to Vista Ultimate and the upgrade ultimately failed due to the absence of my Winlogin/on (i forget which it was). Not corruption...just absence. Yet when I rolled the upgrade back, everything works fine. WTF?