I strongly agree with TheMacOne guy. Early last month my brother's XP laptop was unusable and been getting STOP 0x000000ED "Unmountable_boot_volume" blue screen error at startup with status code status 0xc000009c. I could not access CHKDSK /R from either XP safe mode nor the XP recovery console. So I used SpinRite 6.0 to fix the hard drive sector problems. It found a bunch of bad sectors and recovered most of the data from those flaw sectors and my brother's XP laptop was bootable again. Spinrite excels best as a disk checking/disk repair utility (and an above-average data recovery tool) and I HIGHLY recommend it for fixing hard drives & floppy drives with defective sectors. Another advantage of using Spinrite is that you can specify the percentage "%" range or a section of the hard drive you want to scan. Heck you can even interrupt the Spinrite disk checking and resume it another time; something you can't do with CHKDSK/SCANDISK.
I have actually run it on two machines so far today and am setting it up to run on two more over night. I use it constantly here at the shop. I also use it on my own machines periodically as a maintenance tool. I'm sure it has prevented more disk errors then I'll ever know. Best thing per ever turned me onto, but it was longer then "months ago". I believe I've been using it for well over two years now!
I could be wrong; old age will screw up your sense of time like nothing else! LOL
Musky If the voices inside my head paid rent, I'd be rich!
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