HDD corrupted (Error reading sector 0)

December 19, 2009 at 20:45:41
Specs: Windows 7, 1.866 GHz / 2045 MB


My pc wont boot, even when i used my bootable cd's .... they did not work.. so i then used Active @Partition Recovery usb bootable which allowed to get in to it's main menu.. but when i select any of the options it keeps saying "Error Reading sector # 0 " .... how do i recover my HDD now???.. i dont need any data inside.. i just want to install a fresh copy of windows.... please help

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December 19, 2009 at 20:52:05

Try downloading disk tools from the drive manufacturer's site.

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December 19, 2009 at 21:06:16

Thanks will try that... anyway it's a Seagate 160gb hdd... also i tried using ubuntu live cd. which boots though... it detects my HDD.. but there are like 100 41.9gb's showing .. in that some of em has my disks contents... so my guess HDD itself is not corrupted but the boot partition or something seems to be corrupted... how to do install OS in it???

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December 19, 2009 at 21:16:08

If all else fails you may need to perform a low level format on the drive. Download Seatools for your drive model and copy to disk. Then boot from that disk to check the hard drive. Get it at the link below.


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December 19, 2009 at 21:29:05

But bootable discs are not working.. if so how do i do it... seatools is available as an ISO... so that also wont boot right??...my pc dos not have a floppy drive also :(.... all i can say is ubuntu worked because it does not depend on HDD for booting.. but other bootable iso will check for HDD before loading and since the booting partition in my HDD is corrupted it's not able to proceed further i guess... all my bootable discs load, after that it stays in the black screen ... i checked in BIOS, my pc recognizes my HDD ..... thats some good thing.. i am still wondering how to recover it??

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December 19, 2009 at 21:41:59

CD drives don't depend on any hard drive to boot. You may need to enter the BIOS screens and change the boot order to set the CD drive before the hard drive. ISO will make a bootable optical disk. Just follow the instructions at the Seagate site.

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