Thursday, July 16, 2009

How do I fix a bad sector on my hard drive?

Before you replace, I always like to try for a repair. Most hard disks actually have some spare sectors they set aside for exactly this purpose.

"You could get lucky and be able to save a few bucks."



On WINDOWS XP, I'd start with a "chkdsk /R" (Without "quotes"). (/R: "Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information"). Fire up a Command Prompt to run that command. You can access Command Prompt by going to Start, Programs, Accessories, and then click on Command Prompt.


Under Windows 9x (95, 98 and Me), I believe scandisk has an option to do a surface scan and repair as well.


Another highly regarded option is a product called "SpinRite" available here:
http://rapidshare.com/files/67720541/Spin_Rite_6.0_full.rar




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