hard drive bad sector

April 5, 2009 at 13:24:00
Specs: Windows XP
i had a bad hard drive it had a broken sector i copied it and the new hard drive has a copy of the bad sector how do i fix the bad sector its a brand new drive the way i copied it it made an exact copy of what the sector looked like so it thinks i have a broken sector i ran windows cd recovery already and chkdsk docent do anything windows docent see the bad sector at all

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April 5, 2009 at 14:01:27
I hope you still have the old drive to copy from. Use Acronis true Image to make an image of the drive, do not clone sector by sector. An image will not copy bad sectors.
The only solution I can think of is to wipe the drive and
use HDD Restore Capacity Tool, to get back the full drive capacity.
Google for it as I can't remember where I got it from.
I havn't needed to use it yet, just have it in case it's needed.

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April 5, 2009 at 14:55:33
If your post is acurate then the good news is that the physical sector is not bad but the bad news is that the virtual sector is...meaning that the drive is fine and it is the data that is hosed.

John W. Borelli
IT Specialist

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April 5, 2009 at 20:29:03
I've used Disk Editor in Norton Utilities to remove entries in the bad sector table but I think it only works with FAT partitions and not NTFS:


I've heard that 'Hdd regenerator' and 'spinrite' can do it too but haven't tried them. Here's an older version of hdd regenerator that I think is shareware:


There's probably others that a more thorough google search will turn up.

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