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Old 10-08-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default My Computer is Dying! Is there software to fix it?

Ok. I have some bad sectors on my hard drive that are massively failing! is there any software out there that can detect the bad sectors and partition them off so that it stops trying to use and access that part of the drive?
I really don't want to reinstall all the software on this computer, after replacing the harddrive and re-installing windows.

Help me computer gurus. You're my only hope.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:44 PM   #2
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well, who is the MFG of the hard drive? sometimes the MFG will have software to "repair" the sectors. but really that just means it's gonna flag the sectors as bad so Windows won't write to them and any data that's in them is gone.

reformatting will do the same thing.

unfortunately when your hard drive gets bad sectors it's time to replace the drive. bad sectors can't be repaired, they can only be ignored until more show up and etc, etc.

cn: replace hard drive.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:44 PM   #3
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your hard drive is probably beginning to fail... how much ventilation is it getting?


a program called spinrite should help you.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

but you should get your important files backed up onto a separate drive.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:55 PM   #4
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all important files are on another drive. I just have so much software on this main drive that I won't have the time to reinstall it for a while and I need it on a day to day basis, so anything to get me by until I have a day to put a new drive in it and reinstall it all....
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:59 PM   #5
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I was sort of hoping there was some freeware out there.
I know stuff like that existed back in the dos based days, so surely something exists now....

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Old 10-08-2008, 09:01 PM   #6
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HDD's are wear items. you should get at least two years out of them, usually three or four, but yeah, once a bad sector pops up, more will eventually follow. think of it as a warning sign you had better heed.

new hard drives will usually come with ghost/cloning software so that you can just sort of switch to the new drive without actually having to re-install anything.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:03 PM   #7
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hard drives work through magnetics.

bad sectors mean it's demagnetizing.

you need to buy what's called a rare earth magnet and place it on the top of the drive to get another few years out of it.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:10 PM   #8
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hard drives work through magnetics.

bad sectors mean it's demagnetizing.

you need to buy what's called a rare earth magnet and place it on the top of the drive to get another few years out of it.
Don't tell him he needs to be buying all sorts of ridiculous and expensive hardware he doesn't need.

Since this is just a one time thing, grab a spare 10, 12 or even 15 (for best results) inch subwoofer and set it on top of your PC for about 5-10 minutes. That should be enough time for your HDD to soak up some of that magnetic power the woofer gives off. In doing this it will clear those bad sectors of anything written on them.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:28 PM   #9
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hard drives work through magnetics.

bad sectors mean it's demagnetizing.

you need to buy what's called a rare earth magnet and place it on the top of the drive to get another few years out of it.
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Don't tell him he needs to be buying all sorts of ridiculous and expensive hardware he doesn't need.

Since this is just a one time thing, grab a spare 10, 12 or even 15 (for best results) inch subwoofer and set it on top of your PC for about 5-10 minutes. That should be enough time for your HDD to soak up some of that magnetic power the woofer gives off. In doing this it will clear those bad sectors of anything written on them.

I shutter to think of how many computers have died at your hands! hahahahaha


Seriously...... is there software that can just clone this harddrive to another harddrive? I have another one I could format and use as my main drive, but I need everything just like it is on my main drive now. Cloning would be perfect.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:31 PM   #10
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nightwing.how the hell are ya? haven't seen you poking around here lately....


i concur doctor..... i've had this happen before. once they start going it seems like it's not long before total doom. do some backup yo!
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:41 PM   #11
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HDD's are wear items. you should get at least two years out of them, usually three or four, but yeah, once a bad sector pops up, more will eventually follow. think of it as a warning sign you had better heed.

Not always true. I had an old IBM Deskstar (they were nicknamed Deathstar for a reason) hd that started giving me problems at one point. I copied off critical data, marked the bad sectors (scandisk or format /c, don't remember which), and continued using it as a secondary drive. That was 8 years ago. It still works today.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #12
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I shutter to think of how many computers have died at your hands! hahahahaha


Seriously...... is there software that can just clone this harddrive to another harddrive? I have another one I could format and use as my main drive, but I need everything just like it is on my main drive now. Cloning would be perfect.
there are several pieces of software which do exactly this. i recently used Seagate Discwizard to ghost my old 80gb system drive onto a new 1tb drive and it worked great. i even managed to figure out how to get the new drive partitioned into a system partition and a storage partition, but that took a little bit of trial and error.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:44 PM   #13
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Seriously...... is there software that can just clone this harddrive to another harddrive? I have another one I could format and use as my main drive, but I need everything just like it is on my main drive now. Cloning would be perfect.
acronis or ghost
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:46 PM   #14
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bad sectors = bad news.

Info on bad sectors usually aren't recoverable by the regular user. For example, I tried to move a .pst file that was 2GB in size from a failing harddrive(see bad sectors) and it would not happen as the file lacked a redundancy cyclical check.

If it's uber important, you may want to look into professional recovery and stop messing around with that drive.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:57 PM   #15
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Ok. I have some bad sectors on my hard drive that are massively failing! is there any software out there that can detect the bad sectors and partition them off so that it stops trying to use and access that part of the drive?
Call me crazy, but doesn't Windows Check Disk do exactly this?
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:07 PM   #16
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bad sectors = bad news.

Info on bad sectors usually aren't recoverable by the regular user. For example, I tried to move a .pst file that was 2GB in size from a failing harddrive(see bad sectors) and it would not happen as the file lacked a redundancy cyclical check.

If it's uber important, you may want to look into professional recovery and stop messing around with that drive.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:09 PM   #17
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Call me crazy, but doesn't Windows Check Disk do exactly this?
YES! and it's not good if you value your data. however, it can only do so much. wait till the bad sectors take out some system files.
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your hard drive is probably beginning to fail... how much ventilation is it getting?


a program called spinrite should help you.

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

but you should get your important files backed up onto a separate drive.
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