bad sectors after disk error check.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by peter c.a.hawkins, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. I upgraded to vista home premium a few days ago.i have just done a disk
    error check (both boxes ticked) and i have 4 KB in bad sectors.
    has any-one any ideas how to put this right?
    peter c.a.hawkins, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. Hello peter c.a.hawkins,

    For you the fastest method for resolving the "bad sector" issue, purchase a
    new hard drive.
    Jonathan Schwartz 2, Feb 10, 2007
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  3. peter c.a.hawkins

    Chad Harris Guest

    Hi Peter C.A. Hawkins--

    When you run chkdsk in Vista you need to check automatically fix
    errors.NoteIf you select Automatically fix file system errors for a disk
    that is in use (for example, the partition that contains Windows), you'll be
    prompted you to reschedule the disk check for the next time you restart your


    1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking

    2. Right-click the hard disk drive that you want to check, and then click

    3. Click the Tools tab, and then, under Error-checking, click Check Now.
    If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the
    password or provide confirmation.

    To automatically repair problems with files and folders that the scan
    detects, select Automatically fix file system errors. Otherwise, the disk
    check will simply report problems but not fix them.

    To perform a thorough disk check, select Scan for and attempt recovery of
    bad sectors. This scan attempts to find and repair physical errors on the
    hard disk itself, and it can take much longer to complete.

    To check for both file errors and physical errors, select both Automatically
    fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.

    4. Click Start.


    From: NTFS Beta Chat Transcript (July 12, 2006):

    Dan [MSFT] (Expert):
    Q: What does self-healing mean? Can you tell us (me) more about that? :)
    A: Self healing is a new feature in Vista. Basically upon detection of
    certain types of on disk corruption, NTFS will repair the corruption in
    place. The goal is to restore consistency of the metadata much like chkdsk
    will except it does not require a lock of the entire volume. If user does
    not want it enable by default, it can be disabled on a per volume basis
    using fsutil.exe.

    Chad Harris, Feb 10, 2007
  4. peter c.a.hawkins

    xlthim63 Guest

    I just got Vista Home Premium on a laptop. Having a similar problem...
    It was acting strange so I scheduled a checkdisk (both boxes checked).
    rebooted and it start finding "bad" sectors all over the place, then
    blue screen of death.
    I left it alone and it booted up to the repair utility. It finally said
    it could not repair and tried to restart windows. As the green bar is
    going across it realizes a checkdisk is scheduled and tries, with starts
    the whole cycle all over again. :mad:
    One tech at best buy says it's a bad HD (under warranty), but another
    says it's 15 viruses. :confused:
    Reinstall Vista. Starts running and I get some of my old stuff back on
    it (zone alarm security suite). :)
    Just for curiosity, try checkdisk again. Same nightmare all over again.
    I found another blog about a corruped checkdisk.exe file but symptoms
    weren't quite the same.
    Could that be my problem?
    thanks xlthim
    xlthim63, Apr 14, 2009
  5. peter c.a.hawkins

    GTS Guest

    You drive is failing and needs to be replaced. Back up data quickly.
    GTS, Apr 14, 2009
  6. peter c.a.hawkins

    +Bob+ Guest

    If there was anything wrong with chkdsk, it would not run. Also, it's
    not a virus problem - find the boss of the "tech" who said it was and
    ask his boss to fire him.
    +Bob+, Apr 14, 2009
  7. peter c.a.hawkins

    Peter Foldes Guest

    checkdisk turning into Blue Screen (BSOD) signifies dying or almost dead Hard Drive
    Peter Foldes, Apr 14, 2009
  8. peter c.a.hawkins

    Chad Harris Guest

    ***Problem posed for help by xlsthim:***

    Chkdsk and bluescreens--2 helpers say HD failing but not confirmed --what to
    do is jist of this question:
    Hello xlsthim--

    1) How old is the box?
    2) Burning what you need to media or backing up to another HD is always good
    advice from day 1 with any computer. Backup, Backup, Backup, Backup, and
    btw backup.
    3) To determine if your HD is failing there is a HD test provided by
    whomever is the OEM maker of your PC--who is that? There are often HD
    checks via keyboard combinations and download from the manufacturer's
    site--Dell has ctrl+alt+d.
    You can also use Seagate's Seatools:

    These hard drive tests are about 95% accurate and easy to run. The keyboard
    combos are instant, and Seatools takes 30-40 minutes. I'd go to the website
    of your OEM manufacturer and findout/download whatever they offer.
    4) The newer the box, the less likely the HD is failing, but you can find
    out. I've seen many many instances of chkdsks and blue screens, and there
    have been hundreds reported on these groups in past years that have nothing
    to do with HD failure, so the behavior you reported is a vague symptom
    that's not pathognomonic/diagnostic of HD failure in and of itself. The
    tests I suggested are far more sensitive/specific and accurate. Do them.

    5) How precisely are you running chkdsk? The default gui chkdsk MSFT offers
    in Vista and Win 7 is not the best chkdsk, and that is born out by the 7-10
    current MSKBs at

    After you have repaired the computer, since you're getting recurrent blue
    screens using one of the 5 methods below--that's the 3rd step I want you to
    perform after the hard drive tests I recommended and backing up what's
    important to you if you can in fact stay in Windows long enough to backup in
    your current situation. Then after you have gotten your system stable by
    the methods below and checked the status of your HD by the methods above,
    the best way to run a chkdsk is this:

    Start button>type cmd in search box>right click cmd when it pops up on the
    start menu>run as administrator>at cmd prompt type Chkdsk c: /R (the only
    reason I capitalized the R is so you could be sure what letter it is--it can
    be lower case and there is a space before the forward slash or as softies
    call it the "whack".

    ***5 Options to Repair and Stabilize Your Vista to be Done After you Backup
    to Media/Another Hard Drive and Test Your HD with Seatools and/or the Tests
    Provided by Your OEM Manufacturer:***

    I'm giving you a game plan with no less than 5 options to fix your Vista.
    Follow my game plan, and you won't lose any of your settings, docs, pics,
    videos, and music.

    1) First try 3 options from Startup Repair. If you have a Vista DVD then
    restart with it in the drive>press any key to boot from it and run Startup
    Repair. From Startup Repair you have 3 good tools with an excellent chance
    of fixing your system. If you don't have a Vista DVD from which to boot to
    Startup Repair, no problem, Download the .iso from the link below and
    burn it, and you'll have the Microsoft Vista Repair Disk with Startup

    Download Vista Repair Disk

    How to Use Startup Repair from the Vista DVD or the Repair Disk you make:

    2) If Startup Repair does not get your Vista back, then use the 3 bootrec
    commands from the command prompt available on the Statup Repair Menu:

    The menu I refer to is in this set of directions with a grey background.

    Those are:

    bootrec /fixmbr
    bootrec /fixboot
    bootrec /rebuild BCD

    3) If my second option doesn't work, then try System restore from the
    Startup Repair list.

    4) If by rare chance you have an actual Vista DVD, you can put it in, boot
    from it>choose the Upgrade Option>choose your current broken Vista Drive and
    try to do a repair install with the Vista DVD.

    5) If the above 3 tools don't work, then use the 4 tools available by
    restarting your pc and tapping F8 once per second to get to the Windows
    Advanced Options Menu.

    From this menu click on 3 Safe Mode links to use System Restore. Make sure
    you try all 3 if one doesn't work, because just one of them may work.
    Tap F8 to Reach Windows Advanced Options Menu Pictured Below:

    Safe Mode
    Safe Mode with Networking
    Safe Mode with Command: At the prompt you would type the command to use for
    system restore at the safe mode cmd prompt is:


    If these 3 tools don't work, you have one more you can try which is Last
    Known Good Configuration.

    Good luck,

    Chad Harris, Apr 15, 2009
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