View Full Version : Bad Sectors

07-09-1998, 08:05 PM
Dear Press F1
My hardrive has a problem with it. It has 2 bad sectors, this is stopping me from converting to FAT32 which I desperately need. I have tried various Antivirus and scanning programs, they all can find the sectors but not fix them. Is there anything I can do?
I am running Windows 98.

28-05-2005, 10:40 PM
Sorry to take so long to reply. Your hard drive is most likely dead like this post. Buy a new one.

28-05-2005, 10:55 PM
Have you tried scan disc, it may help (doubtful) but give it a shot
Scan disc is found in Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools (from memory, I may be slightly off)

Terry Porritt
28-05-2005, 10:58 PM
Come on, this is from about the first week of Press F1 in 1998 :thumbs:

29-05-2005, 10:50 AM
Terry mate,

You are showing your experance in this forum (age) a bit with that statement.
sorry couldn't resist, the devil made me do it Terry. :D

Truth is Terry proberly checked the date of the original post question

29-05-2005, 11:02 AM
I never even checked the date before I replied :blush:

01-06-2005, 01:43 PM
Scandisk will not repair nor recover the data in the bad sectors, so any files whose data is involved become useless. There is a faint possibility that scandisk could be used to convert the bad sector data to blocks (as chkdsk did/ does) and you could then sew the missing data back into the damaged files, but this is hard-core messing.
More likely, you will have success via SpinRite, which is explicitly designed to recover data if at all possible and repair the file, and repair the disc system (marking the bad sectors as never-to-be-used again if necessary) but this will cost you $US90
If the damage is to files you don't care about, you could backup the other stuff on the disc and reformat...

01-06-2005, 06:08 PM
i doubt "guest" will be waiting for an answer.... :p

02-06-2005, 10:01 AM
I was too dopey at the end of the day to think to look at the date. :groan: Oh well. I had recently used spinrite with some success in a similar situation, where diskscan failed to proceed... :xmouth:

11-11-2006, 04:19 AM
I know a website where you can find software for repair the bad sectors ..[edit: URL removed] Good luck.

04-02-2007, 11:37 PM
[edit: Gosh balaku/myrella you are persistant. How about finding somewhere else to spam?]