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    hard disk problem

    hi guys
    can anyone can tell me where i can find th software from which i can remove the bad sector on my hard disk....it will be cooooool if get although i had to spend some money to buy a new one thanks and u all take care

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    Scandisk? It's part of the windows OS. As well you can download it here and there. Then but it on a boot floppy and type: scandisk c:.
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    Question Re: hard disk problem

    Originally posted here by lovable
    hi guys
    can anyone can tell me where i can find th software from which i can remove the bad sector on my hard disk....it will be cooooool if get although i had to spend some money to buy a new one thanks and u all take care
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    If you want to "remove the bad sector", I don't know of any program that will do it. Scandisk will try to recover/move the data, then repair or mark the sector as "bad" so it won't be used by other data... Sometimes it works OK but if you get very many "bad sectors" it seems that some programs can't span them for some reason, and it seems that once a few bad sectors start showing up they multiply. I've used hd's with a few bad sectors but after while they become too much trouble. I hope I'm wrong about this and someone is going to tell how to remove bad sectors! Good luck...

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    Originally posted here by {PP}Apocalypse
    Scandisk? It's part of the windows OS. As well you can download it here and there. Then but it on a boot floppy and type: scandisk c:.
    do it and it will help...
    or u can also scan your disk with Nortron's Antivirus.. that also scans your boot sectors..

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    Modern IDE hard drives are very reliable up to
    a point.
    As soon as bad sectors show up, throw it away.

    Here's the reason, as I understand it.
    When new, the drive has hidden "spare"
    sectors. When a sector goes bad, the drive
    maps in one of the "spares" and the bad one
    is never revealed to you.

    By the time your OS reports bad sectors, the drive
    has run out of spares and is in an advanced state
    of decay. Throw it away.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

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    Scan disk can help you out, but keep in mind that somthing is causing the errors. More than likely your hard drive will deminish slowly at first then one day you'll try to boot the system and it'll be a no go. When it gets to this point it's a bear to save information to another disk. If I were you I'd start backing up files or get a cheap HD.
    TUFF TEST can isolate problems for your system hardware. It will tell you all you how your system is functioning. controlers, CPU, mem...HD. You can even use it to low level format a HD (which isn't recomended on IDE drives)

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    rcgreen is right... once an IDE drive starts giving you bad sectors it's been going down hill for some time. Try scandisk if you have not, it's possible that it will recover the bad sectors and release the spare ones. If you still have bad sectors after that your drives days are numbered...
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    HOWEVER, do not rely on the cascading of bad sectors to legitamitly destroy your drive.....
    the feds can still recover from it
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    I've seen these symptoms a few times before, and as everyone has said, it's bad news - your hard drive is well past its sell buy date. It will work for a while, but sooner or later you will get a catastrophic failure - like inexplicable error messages from Windows/*nix when you boot your PC. As rcgreen said, once you run out of spare sectors, it's time to back up your data and buy a new hard drive.
    In reply to k41d3r07h, even setting fire to your hard drive doesn't always work - in fact there are some companies that specialise in recovering data from PCs that have been almost destroyed in a fire (it is magnetic data, and it is surprising how much data survives).

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    yeah .. unfortunatly i know all about dying harddrives from experince..my girl friends laptop was having problems booting and when it would actually boot, most of the time it would freeze up. when i ran scan disc on it the bad sectors just kept coming and coming . i told her the hard drive was dying and when she took it in (since she didnt belive me..hehe) they told her the same thing..

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