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Fixing Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

  1. #11


    Posts : 87
    Win 8 and Linux (MINT)


    OP -- Who made the drive you might find a tool on the support site for the drive that might assist with the bad sector movement of data

    You can try
    Check out
    Hiren's BootCD 15.2 - All in one Bootable CD » www.hiren.info
    (Download URL) Download Hiren

    HDAT2 4.9B1
    Unstoppable Copier 5.2

    may work...

    The process might take a long time.
    Plus there are bunch of other very handy tools on that disk.

    Simply download the software, burn the ISO to a CD and boot from the CD.

    The paid version of this does work (I never used the free version) Best Hard Disk Repair Software to Fix Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by majulook View Post
    OP -- Who made the drive you might find a tool on the support site for the drive that might assist with the bad sector movement of data

    You can try
    Check out
    Hiren's BootCD 15.2 - All in one Bootable CD » www.hiren.info
    (Download URL) Download Hiren

    HDAT2 4.9B1
    Unstoppable Copier 5.2

    may work...

    The process might take a long time.
    Plus there are bunch of other very handy tools on that disk.

    Simply download the software, burn the ISO to a CD and boot from the CD.

    The paid version of this does work (I never used the free version) Best Hard Disk Repair Software to Fix Bad Sectors on Hard Drive
    Do I need to close the entire hard drive or can I get away with cloning only the Windows partition? IS there a way to backup the cloned image to a network drive instead of buying a external drive to save the close image to?
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by jaib9990 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Would it be worth ofline sector-by-sector imaging or cloning the drive and then accessing the clone or image?
    How can I do this? Do I just clone the Windows partition or the entire hard drive? I am guessing this would require me to have another hard drive the same size or larger?
    You would clone the entire disk if you only cloned window you would only be able to extract windows files. Its your data files you want to extract. Yes you need a disk or something to image it too and to extract your files to. once you salvage the files you can you can use that disk to maintain a back up scheme or routine. If you can't handle a routine get Carbonite it will keep your data files backed up real time. I use it as part of my back up Scheme. It has bailed me out more than once.
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  4. #14


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    The Linux tools would work better in moving data sector by sector. There is also EaseUS Data recovery tech that can do a Sector by Sector move.
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  5. #15


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Thanks majulook, I didn't recognize what Ubuntu was -- until I reRead the thread

    Concerning Spinrite -- I have used it in the past. There are a very few things Spinrite can "fix," or "reAlign," etc.
    While a hardware-bad sector cannot be fixed, hopefully a realignment of the read/write heads, a refresh, a rewrite of the contents within a non-totally bad sector, a weak sector, can bring back contents of said marginal sector, just long enough to enable image backup, folder/file backup -- ir done within hours, within minutes of said recovery. I've done it with older IDE HDs, once on an early SATA HD [I think that's what is was]. After backup, hopefully a restore onto another known-good HD will bring back needed folders/files.
    I do not know what & if Spinrite 6 can do to recover content within today's platter-clatter drives. Haven't tried that.
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  6. #16


    I used the dd command in linux to clone the corrupted hard drive (1TB) onto a 3TB blank hard drive. I got input/output error and the dd command stopped. I am now running the dd command again with conv=noerror,sync option to fully clone the drive.

    Does this mean that I won't be able to ever backup the corrupted files?
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  7. #17


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by jaib9990 View Post
    I used the dd command in linux to clone the corrupted hard drive (1TB) onto a 3TB blank hard drive. I got input/output error and the dd command stopped. I am now running the dd command again with conv=noerror,sync option to fully clone the drive.

    Does this mean that I won't be able to ever backup the corrupted files?
    Macrium Reflect can be instructed to copy a disk and ignore bad sectors in Other Tasks.

    v5: Imaging disks with bad sectors (Bad Sectors)
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