HDD Sector scan - how?

January 23, 2006 at 09:09:38
Specs: XP Pro, 3200-64, 1GB
I need to run a sector scan on my hard drive, to find any bad sectors (which im sure there are) and write them off. The Disk Checker in Windows XP just says it "cannot complete the disk check" without giving me a reason. The command line chkdsk (which says it cannot scan the disk while in windows and must be done on a reboot, which i select yes too) doesn't perform the sector/thorough scan, even though I apply both the /F and /R switches. Oddly though, when it's performing the disk check on boot, it says "step 1 of 5, step 2 of 5," etc but only gets up to step 3. Then it goes into Windows as if the check is complete. It doesn't perform the sector scan.

Is there any way I can perform this check? Any other tools out there?



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January 23, 2006 at 09:49:05
drive manufacturers often offer better drive tools. they tend to only work on the drives the manufacturer makes so you need to get the exact one. they are generally very good.

AMD Athlon XP 2800
1Gb Crucial 3200 DDR
160Gb Seagate Barracuda
ATI 256Mb 9600XT
9-in-1 Flash Media FDD

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January 23, 2006 at 10:20:11
Try it in Windows Safe-Mode--
How to Perform Disk Error Checking in Windows XP
Perhaps the easier way to go is "To run Chkdsk
from My Computer or Windows Explorer"
Check mark both items under "Check Disk Options",
on your way into starting Error-Checking Tool.

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January 23, 2006 at 13:07:22
try in safe mode (f8),
if firewall and virus scanners running, may block normal scandisk even if disabled

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