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My hard drive seems to be going out. how do i get another one? i don't have a recovery disk

My computer says there are several bad sectors on the hard drive. lately it has been crashing a lot and i can't get vista sp2 on it because a couple of the files are missing. i want to get another hard drive, but it didn't come with a disk co if i replace the hard drive, i will no longer have vista or any windows. is there a way i can get a replacement hard drive with all of the files on it?

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Backup your system .. entirely .. including the restoral partition.. Copy to your new HDD.. if it does not work... run a restore to the original specs.. BTW .. first try to save your data separately.. just in case.

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You could clone you current drive but this may clone the errors too.
Download a copy of your OS to disk.

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If the computer originally came with a backup software disk, you can try contacting gateway for a replacement. If the backup software was instead on a dedicated partition of the original drive you will need an XP home system disk, in which case you can probably get a better deal off the shelf at a retailer. Be sure you get the full version and not an upgrade, as you don't have any windows system currently installed for an upgrade to detect. If your Gateway has a Windows XP COA affixed and you can borrow a full XP Home installation disk from a friend you can install from that disk inputting your number from your COA when prompted. (don't use your friends COA) Microsoft will recognize this as a genuine restored installation so long as you have not changed any other major hardware in the system, and you input the same information for activation as you did originally. And you can get the service packs and other updates just as you always have.

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If you have good internet access, you can download a live Linux distribution such as Knoppix, and burn the it to CD. Don't let the word "Linux" scare you out of this, Knoppix is very user-friendly. And there is loads of resources available online. Anyway, burn the CD, and boot the computer from it. It will take a little time to boot, as it is a live version running only in RAM. It has very powerful applications though, and you can access your hard drive from it so long as the drive is not corrupted beyond readability. If you can access the hard drive, you can view your files, and copy the files to a USB drive. Once you have your data, you can then shut down and restore windows if the drive will cooperate, or install to a new drive if necessary.

!!! Knoppix will not write to or erase any data from your hard drive without you give it permission to do so !!! It is about your safest option in that respect.

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DISK RECOVERY


you could run the chckdsk utility
click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt recovery any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive or

click start control panel administrative tools computer management disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now

click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart

do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer

hope this helps you

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I have tested several programs, but the program below, just really worked for...


Let's try to explain the question that grinds us all when in cams about the hard disk. Can we actually repair a bad block? Before of the answer you must find some information about what is a hard disk, how does it work, what are bad blocks. After that you must identify them because you will need the exact location of the affected sectors. After you have done that you must run a few steps:
- before you try to resolve the problem with the bad sector you must extract the data that was written to that block. To do this you must run a Recovery program that you can find freeware on the net.
- bad sectors are unreadable parts on your hard disk but the nature of them must not be always physically and that part of the platens to be destroyed. The bad sectors can be simulated by some programs. This means that some programs installed on your computer can interrupt the reading process on to another segment of the platens. That is in the most happier cases but the chances that the bad sectors are cause by this is less then 10 percent. In this case is difficult to resolve the problem because even the Scandisk or other identification programs used to discover bad blocks will give a rapport that nothing is wrong with your hard disk. The best way is to uninstall the latest programs applied to the computer.
- lets supposed that you have a 20 gigabits partition on your hard disk that has bad blocks. After the identification program it will indicate you where are the blocks situated on the partition. So this way you can isolate them in to another partition that you must never use again. Another scenario can be created and the bad sectors can be at the beginning of the partition in the middle of it and at the end of the partition. Know it's a little bit tricky because you can't just go on and create three new partitions to eliminate the bad sectors from use. In this case most of the new hard disk has a spare space available just for this type of scenarios. You must access the CASH memory of the hard disk and indicates to the hard disk that instead of writing down on the effected blocks it must write to the spare blocks.
- another to restore the hard disk is to use the low level format option. Many of you think that low level format is a program. Wrong, the low level format option is set for any BIOS and can be easily use if you know some command line programming. The low level format can take to be complete a very long period of time but in the most cases we can obtain marvelous results. Actually the low level option takes every cluster of the hard disk and identifies them again (throw a thermal process) and writes down on the memory of the hard disk what sectors can be written and witch blocks are un-writable. This procedure is the best that can be because it will need no effort from your side to try and avoid the bad blocks that already exists and the hard disk itself know where the bad blocks are.
In conclusion the bad blocks can't be fixed. The problem is a permanent one and we can only try to use the hard disk until it is broken down for good. But if you are having financial problem this is a best way to keep going with your old hard disk.

on Mar 12, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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How to use the disk error checking utility...


As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced.If you use your computer daily, you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss.

  1. Close all open files.
  2. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
  3. In the My Computer window, right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
  5. Click the Check Now button.
  6. In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box, and then click Start.
  • If bad sectors are found, choose to fix them.
  • Tip: Only select the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box if you think that your disk contains bad sectors.

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    I have an 500GB toshiba external hardrive,it still has 50G more space left..however when i tried to open it again..it wont open...it only shows the properties and said that windows cannot correct the bad...


    There is no way to fix a bad sector. A bad sector is like a scratch on a cd that can't be fixed. You should run a program like "HD Tune", when you use a program what it does is it will read the disk and when it can't read a certain spot it marks it as a bad sector. After that the hard drive will move the data from the bad sector to a spare area of the hard drive. The spare area will store the data from a bad sector and will be usable like the old one. However if you get too many bad sectors you will run out of spares. When that happens your drive will crash.

    You Can Try These Steps: Windows comes with a built-in hard disk utility software that scans your hard disk for errors and attempts to fix them.
    1. On My Computer, select the disk drive that you want to diagnose and repair.
    2. Right click on it and select Properties
    3. Go to Tools tab.
    4. Click on the "Check Now" button under "Error Checking Status".
    5. Depending up on your choice, choose either "Automatically fix file system errors" or "Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors."
    6. Then click on Start.

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    I have several hard drives that came out of non working computers,how do prepare these to work in another computer?


    you could run the chkdsk utility
    click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive another way of running the chkdsk utility
    click start control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
    do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
    then defragment your hard drive
    also

    you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
    During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
    Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart
    note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
    note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive
    http://majorgeeks.com/Free_Disk_Wipe_d5309.html
    Free Disk Wipe data cleanup and file wipe tool, that allows you to completely wipe/ remove / delete / erase a selected file(s) on most disks (floppy disks, hard disks, logical drives, etc).
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    Jun 25, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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    My transcend storejet has bad sectors.. what should i do to prevent it from getting worst?.


    These sectors can be fixed.

    1. For Windows
      • 1 Double-click on My Computer to open the My Computer window.
      • 2 Select the disk that you want to diagnose and repair.
      • 3 Choose Properties from the File menu. You should see the Properties window for the drive that you selected.
      • 4 Choose the Tools tab.
      • 5 Click the Check Now button under Error Checking Status.
      • 6 Depending on your version of Windows, choose either "Thorough" or "Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors."
      • 7 Click on Start.

    Read more: How to Fix Bad Sectors on a Hard Disk ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_113636_fix-sectors-hardfix-sectors-hard.html#ixzz1PeS42ET5

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    I have a dell inspiron 8500. Occasionally it would go through post and come up with disk read error press ctrl alt del to restart then it came up with the ntfs.sys file was missing. I manually reinstalled...


    you could run the check disk utility
    click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive or
    control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
    hope this helps

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    Many Bad Sectors fat32, trying recovery disk


    Hi,

    It sounds like your HDD is faulty, usually a hardrive can operate with bad sectors but still a risk.

    My best advice would be to get a new HDD and recover back on to the new one, even if you did manage to recover onto your current one you may still have problems in the future.

    I usually only allow a HDD to fail S.M.A.R.T tests 3 times over any given period and then I just replace them.

    Thanks

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    Used Recovery Disk and I have an application error


    It seems like your hard drive has some bad sectors.

    You need to run some disk manager software to check/fix tour disk.

    The best choice would be to download the "ultimate cd" from here

    Boot from the cd, go to "hard disk tools" and select a disk manager (better to select the one from the same manufacturer of the disk).

    Run a scan, and fix the drive (if it is possible). Then rerun your system restore cd again.


    If the hard drive can't be fixed, you'll have to replace it before running the system retore.


    Good luck!

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    Stop code 24


    ErrorCode 24 is for corrupted drives or boot partitions

  • Boot the operating system CD
  • Enter the Recovery Console by pressing 'r' when prompted.
  • Then from the command prompt run "chkdsk C: /f"

  • OR....if that doesnt work..

    Inside your hard drive are typically 2 ~ 4 discs (called "platters") stacked on top of one another, and read / write heads between each platter which collects or writes information to the drive. Because a hard drive platter sits *extremely* close to the read / write head of the drive, a single particle of smoke traveling between the two could cause the head to crash. That being said, bad sectors on the drive may be a result of corrupt medium (perhaps as a result of a warped or chipped platter, for example).
    The disk repair utility in Windows XP, called ChkDsk ("check disk"), has an option to "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors". However, what may end up happening is that ChkDsk will mark the sector as bad (instead of attempting to recover any information) and your hard drive will no longer 'hover' over top of that area of the drive, making it impossible to recover any data on the sector.
    What you should do is:
    1. Attempt to backup all critical files on the drive (such as your documents, favorites, pictures, and anything else you can't download off the Internet or replace elsewhere).
    2. Following that, run ChkDsk and attempt to recover bad sectors. To do this, go to My Computer, right click your hard drive (C Drive?), select Properties, then goto the Tools options menu, and select "Error-Checking". A new window will appear. Select the option "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
    This test will take a while to complete.
    If ChkDsk reports a lot of bad sectors, visit the hard drive manufacturer's web site, download a drive integrity tool, and test your drive. To find out the manufacturer of your drive, right click My Computer, go to Properties, go to Hardware, then Device Manager, navigate to Disk Drives, and collapse the menu. Your drive should be listed there. If not, open up your computer and have a look.
    If the integrity tool reports many errors on the drive, you will need to ship it to the manufacturer for replacement (information for this procedure will be on the manufacturer's web site

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