locate and isolate bad sectors on vista

Sony Sony vaio vgn-nr460e/w notebook
November 21, 2009 at 11:18:20
Specs: Windows Vista
I have vista and tried using chkdsk, but when using it it stops and just hangs there when it is about 75% done checking for bad sectors. I need a program that will help scan and locate the bad sectors, so i could use Acronis Disk Director to create a partition to cover the damaged part, and then delete that part. My hardrive is a 200gb; Toshiba MK2546GSX_200_. Any help or program suggestion will be greatly suggested! P.S. I would like a free method.

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November 21, 2009 at 11:32:20
I don't understand your method of repair.

Get the drive fitness utility from the manufacturer of your drive.

If you truly have many bad sectors and the program is marking them as bad then you should replace the drive if the capacity is getting smaller.

Manufacturers build extra capacity into the drive as spares. Once those are used up then you are notified of additional bad sectors.

The bad sectors might be caused by improper shutdown while the disk is writing. If that is the case then the scan program can repair them and will tell your that.

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November 21, 2009 at 11:37:47
thanks for your help. the drive is not shrinking. do you have any suggestions for a program that will scan and repair the damaged sectors?

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November 21, 2009 at 12:40:09
Here's a link to some help in trying to fix bad sectors.
I have no personal knowledge of these solutions and make no recomendations in this area. I am only giving you a link to more information and don't accept any responsibility for the use or misuse of the information provided.

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November 21, 2009 at 13:05:07
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November 21, 2009 at 16:05:11
You can isolate a section of the hard disk and not use it. You
have to isolate more than the bad sectors but also a safety
buffer. Assuming your bad sectors start at 75%. You then
assume 70% is good. Partition your drive to use 70% of the
capacity, format it, and scan for bad blocks. If it is OK that is
your possible good drive. Don't try to usthe remainder of the
drive. If you have a method of getting a good map of the
defects you may be able to map an additional partition beyond
the bad area. There is a risk that the bad area will grow.
Drives are cheap, data is not.

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November 22, 2009 at 05:51:50
thanks, I just now need a free program that scans and tells me where the bad sectors are, so that then a can use acronis to partiton the hardrive.

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