Alternative to Scandisk

Discussion in 'Windows Applications' started by Skunk141, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Skunk141

    Skunk141 OSNN Addict

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    Is there a decent not too expensive program that is better than scandisk, I have a disk that has bad sectors and need to mark/fix them before I ghost it as after trying 3 programs trying to ghost they all fail with these bad sectors.

    Thanks for any info :)
     
  2. dubstar

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    Hiren's Boot CD has HDD Regen that does a scan disk, and has a few more programs that scan/check disk.

    I couldn't get it to fix a improperly mounted disk though... but it might be worth it. Takes like 40 hours for an 80 gig drive to scan each sector.
     
  3. Dark Atheist

    Dark Atheist Moderator Political User Folding Team

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    spinrite from grc.com is also good
     
  4. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    spinrite will keep good disks healthy to. By reading and writing back the data it read it strenghtens the magentisation and keeps data good. Remember the earths own magnetic field is acting on magnetic storage media and will in time erase them if not regularly used.

    Wound up with a few blank floppies after 15 years of neglect that way :D
     
  5. Skunk141

    Skunk141 OSNN Addict

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    Thanks chaps even this disk was beyond help from spinrite I had to use the ghost switches -ntc- -bfo and then run defrag/spinrite on the new drive.

    Great bit of software glad I have it :)
     
  6. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

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    hmmm, the disk was healthy otherwise? That's interesting.