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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by [email protected], Jan 16, 2006.

  1. So either you have a pathetically inadequate
    small sample or you are killing all your drives.
    So you obviously should refrain from commen-
    ting as if you are the resident expert on this.
    As if that can't happen to IDE drives.
    In your case.
    You are known as a 'pathetically inadequate sample'.
     
  2. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest


    Interesting but the drive is running on borrowed time. Perhaps you
    should store all your critical data on it and see how long it continues
    to operate like that.
     
  3. Strange how you have no such concerns with risking your data on a new drive
    without checking your powersupply/supply of power first.
     
  4. The exact same thing happened to me. I was copying stuff off one of my old
    Seagate HDD, and there is one file that XP can't read, saying ECC error. I
    ran Seatools <http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/> on the drive and it
    identified 2 bad sectors with full diagnostic. I was able to get the file
    off the drive by having Seatools force a remapping of the bad sectors.

    The remapped sectors are zeroed, so you're getting the file damaged, but it
    is better than not getting anything at all. The good thing is Seatools
    tries to identify and tell you which file is affected (although in short 8.3
    name only), so you can decide if you want to risk it or not.

    As for whether it will get worse, it depends on what caused the error. If
    it was just a transient glitch that caused the drive to make a bad write, it
    could be that it will develop no more error afterwards. If, say, the drive
    electronics is failing, you'll see more and more bad sectors (thus more
    clicking when you access previously-okay files). HDDs are cheap enough
    nowadays that I wouldn't risk my data on such a drive, but YMMV.

    Stephen
     
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