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IF you can still boot, backup as much data as you can.
If you cant boot from it, you need to replace the hard drive, you can then either connect the damaged HD as a second drive and save your data, or fit it in an enclosure or docking station.
Once you have saved your data, you can reformat the drive, run scandisc to attempt a repair it, you may then be able to use it as a spare/second drive.
I have had a few drives fail as system/bootable drives, but have been perfectly ok to use as a second data disc

Posted on Sep 12, 2010

  • Nicholas Heyke Jan 15, 2011

    Just because your system says your HDD is failing doesn't mean its dead. If you use a product called HDD Regenerator you can get years more out of it by repairing those sectors. What that little proggy does is reorganise and identify the faulty sectors and moves the data to healthy sectors. It is OS independent and works 100% effective. The very minimum it will give you more time to sort out what you really want to do.

    Download Hirens Boot disk, make a disk, boot from it and run the HDD regenerator. It can take up to 36hrs to completely rebuild a stuffed disk but the result is worth the wait.



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Bad hard drive

Hard drives cannot generally be repaired, I would recommend a replacement. If you have important documents saved to it, try taking it to a local computer repair store and see if they can salvage your files.

Sep 27, 2012 | Maxtor Hard Drive


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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My emachines keeps telling that my windows was instal wrong. Is not letting me delete programs or add programs at all is emachines E725. I need help asp plz.

Sounds like your hard drive may have developed bad sectors preventing your OS from working properly.Also you may need to install a fresh OS once the sectors are repaired but usually not.Hard Drive Regenerator is a good software for regenerating bad sectors,if they are repairable that is.Either way it sounds like a failed or failing hard drive.

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I have an WD1600 and Windows don't want to startup. It Always restart. I've tried to repair windows with CHKDSK, but i have bad sectors that can't be repaired by CHKDSK. I can't find any...

Mohamed if the hard drive has bad sectors on it is best to replace the hard drive itself. But you need to save the files first by doing so, you have to do a parallel re install. Parallel re install is like booting your hard drive with 2 operating systems for details on how to do that click on this link.
Once you are finished try downloading and saving it on a external hard drive all the files that you saved. Purchase another hard drive and upload the files that you have saved

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I can't boot up. it display error 2100: Hard disk drive initialzation error.

This issue is often caused by either an incorrect setting in BIOS or a bad boot device, such as a bad hard disk drive.

Try this:

Verify that your hard disk drive is setup and detected properly in BIOS. You're computer should list a hard disk drive installed either under the main page or the drives page in BIOS. If BIOS indicates the drive is not installed or not detected skip to Hard Disk drive is bad or not connected properly.
Verify the boot options are properly set in BIOS, almost all BIOS setups should contain options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most computers should have their boot options setup similar to the below example.

- Floppy drive
- CD drive
- Hard drive

Rest your BIOS to default values. Many BIOS will enable users to reset the values to the default settings. If you've tried the above options without success try resetting the BIOS.

Boot from either your emergency repair disk, your bootable Windows CD, or your bootable restore CD.
Once boot attempt to repair Windows. If you're able to repair Windows remove the disks and reboot the computer.

If the above fails:

Verify the connections are properly connected to the computer if the hard drive was recently installed or the computer was moved.

If all connections are setup properly and all the above recommendations have been attempted, it is likely that the hard disk drive is bad and it will need to be replaced.

Let us know how it works out.

Jan 11, 2011 | Lenovo T410 Notebook

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My hard give bad sector st380011a seagate

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
go to control panel administrive tools computer management you can right click on the drive select properties tools check now?tick in both boxes to scan for and attempt to repair/recover any bad sectors and automaticall fix any corrupt files
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hope this helps

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I can repair s.m.a.r.t. of a samsung sp1614c

if you gor a s.m.a.r.t failure you might need a copy of spinright Spinright will move the data out of bad areas of the hard drive until you get enough time to replace the drive itself. Smart detects early failure of the drive. Its what we call healthcare for hard drives or hard drive insurence. What its telling you is your hard drive is about to kick the bucket and to bkacup as soon as you can.

You cannot repair a hard drive the only thing you can do is back it up and buy a new one. I would suggest spinright if there is data in a bad area of the disk.

thanks and please do leave your feedback and ratings for your free answer today.

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Xbox has a code 06

on your hard drive it says very fragile you may of damaged it or you got a short from the system to the hard drive

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bad sectors mean OMG time to chunk that hard drive.

if an Fdisk and a Format and a Scandisk doesn't solve the problem it's time to say goodby to it.

last resort move it to another machine , and try recovery , do not load and activate windows afterwards because microsoft will send hitmen to your house to kill you lol

Aug 26, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Seagate hard drive , samsung hard drive

Most ACTUAL hard drive failures are fall into one of three categories: ? Read/write head failure ? On-board electronics failure ? Damaged or worn disk platter. If your hard drive was working then you experienced a hard drive error your only real chance of ?repair? is to format the drive from scratch and run chkdisk (or similar program) on it to identify and block out any bad areas on the hard drive platters. In the case of a physically damaged board some people have had some success swapping an IDENTICLE board from another working hard drive. Since you ruin a drive (unless its dead as well) to fix another that is only something you do to recover data, not fix the drive. The bad news is no home user has the skills, tools or clean room environment to successfully replace the heads or platters in a hard drive, assuming you could buy them. Typically posts that give bad news are marked poorly and the only reason I?m posting this is to try to save you some aggravation and time so be kind 

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