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Bad Sectors on HD
jkennedy55 Jan-06-02 09:28 PM
Upon bootup, I get a message saying that I may have bad sectors on my HD and to press any key to run scandisk. However when I try running scandisk, it says scandisk.exe can not be found and cant run. Then it will bootup ok, and the PC is working fine. Is there anything I can do to fix bad sectors, what are bad sectors? Thanks.

1. RE: Bad Sectors on HD
lbyard Jan-07-02 09:01 PM
In response to message 0
What hard disk do you have? Larry

2. RE: Bad Sectors on HD
jkennedy55 Jan-07-02 11:20 PM
In response to message 1
>What hard disk do you have?
> Larry


It is a Western Digital 20Gig. Unfortunately I dont know any type of model ect. Thanks.


3. RE: Bad Sectors on HD
lbyard Jan-07-02 11:32 PM
In response to message 2
Download Western Digital's Lifeguard Tools (http://www.wdc.com/support/download/index.asp) and run wddiag (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/diags/wddiag.htm) on the drive. That will probably either fix it or tell you it's a goner. Most WD drives have a 3-year warrantee. Bad sectors are parts of the drive that are no longer readable or are marginal. A bunch of them indicate a drive that is probably getting ready to fail. Suggest backing up your valuable data now! Your computer may have a virus. Larry

4. RE: Bad Sectors on HD
jkennedy55 Jan-08-02 07:31 PM
In response to message 3
>Download Western Digital's Lifeguard Tools (http://www.wdc.com/support/download/index.asp)
>and run wddiag (http://duxcw.com/digest/Fromshop/diags/wddiag.htm) on
>the drive. That will
>probably either fix it or
>tell you it's a goner.
> Most WD drives have
>a 3-year warrantee. Bad
>sectors are parts of the
>drive that are no longer
>readable or are marginal.
>A bunch of them indicate
>a drive that is probably
>getting ready to fail.
>Suggest backing up your valuable
>data now! Your
>computer may have a virus.
> Larry


I dont know much about virus's or hardware for that matter but virus's have the ability to actually damage hardware? Another funny thing is everytime I try and use a Anti-Virus program, it freezes my machine. I have used 4 differnt anti virus programs(Norton, Mcafee, AVG, AntiPro) Norton and Mcafee freeze it right away, the other two freeze while scanning. This happens EVERY time I try and use them. I have never been able to run the Anti Virus program to scan my whole system.


5. RE: Bad Sectors on HD
lbyard Jan-08-02 10:35 PM
In response to message 4
>I dont know much about virus's or hardware for that matter but virus's have the ability to actually damage hardware?

I did not say that they do. You may have a virus that is damaging files and you apparently also have some bad sectors which result in damaged files if they are part of them. That is, you may have more than one problem. I would get my data off that disk drive. It might not be there tomorrow. Larry


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