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I can't repair bad sector in my harddrive?

I want to repair it.

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You should immediately buy another hard drive. Reload the new one with your OS, programs, drivers. Cable Select them with the new one as master and old as slave. Transfer your data files to the new hard drive. Do this before it's too late and the drive crashes completely. It's only a matter of time.

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Hard disk sector problems

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When using the Restoration Disk, or a fresh new Installation Disk; if there are bad sectors you will be advised that CHKDSK, is about to run. (Or instructed to use CHecKDiSK, and how)

CHKDSK will then see if there are good sectors that it can move info over to, OR; you will be advised that you have an irreparable hard disk. (Harddrive)

Reformatting is using the Restoration Disk, or Full Installation disk; and when asked choose Full Install.
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Is there a download to fix the hard drive

To physically repair the harddrive if it has bad sectors? NO.

There is a method whereby the harddrive will skip past bad sectors, and move the information to any good sectors there are, but this is a band-aid fix.

I would get the Restoration Disk, and choose Repair. (Non-Destructive Installation)
Then copy off ALL personal info to disk/s or flash drive/s.

Programs WILL NOT move over. (Can't copy) You have to manually install them again, or download them again, on the new harddrive.

Which leads to; After copying off all personal information, FOLLOW Anti-Static Precautions, computer unplugged from power, and install a new harddrive. Then use the Restoration Disk to reinstall Windows.

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For other countries use HP Support Worldwide,

Have the Serial Number written down to give to the nice representative. This is located in the white Service tag, on the back of the computer. S/N = Serial Number


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I have a Acer Aspire3680-2022 Laptop and can't boot it up. I checked the Bios and it seems to be Ok.

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How to Fix Bad Sector in Harddrive?? the comments is "cyclic redundancy check??".... thanks a lot..:)

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Hii have a Samsung hdd. Due to some bad sectors not it says that "boot media not recognised....abortretrycancel...". even I tried to fix it with other pc but it is not recognised even there. So how can I...

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My Dell Vostro 1500 does not start. It is Vista Home. So, I am trying to repair it with the installation disk. However, the installation stuck after the "Windows is loading files...." bar completes....

For that you need to fix bad sectors on harddrive.
Boot computer with vista disk then enter in recovery console mode.
Then type in prompt "chkdsk /r" without "" then press enter then it fix and recovers errors on harddrive.
Then again choose repair option.
There is not harddrive hardware issue but there issue of boot sector virus and bad sectors of harddrive.
So if you delete all partition and create partition again and install fresh copy of vista then you can do it.Try repartitioning 4 to 5 times then you can get vista again.
But if there is important data on harddrive then enter in recovery console mode and run "chkdsk /r" without "" then try.
This problem is not of your harddrive you can fix it if you repartition and reformating the harddrive 4 to 5 times.
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your harddrive may be failing, When you turn on the PS3 the harddrives parttion sector is read ...this is where info for your desktop and icons is kept. if your hardrive has bad sectors it will result in an erratic mannner such as what you are describing. goto a local gamestop or friend and get another harddrive. insert it into your ps3 and see if that works...but remember all info get deleted off the hardrive

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