Bad Clusters

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lola2001

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I recently installed several games and then did a defrag. The defrag gave me a message saying I had to run through scandisk. I did so and found several cluster were bad, however scandisk wouldn't fix them. I then wiped the hard drive and repartitioned and reformatted. Still I get bad clusters. Any suggestions on what could be wrong?
 
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Bad clusters indicate that there are bad areas on your hard drive where there is physical damage. If scandisk could not "repair" them it's because they are too far gone to recover. It actually doesn't repair them it just marks them as bad so the OS will not use them. Time to back everything up and get a new drive.
 
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Bad clusters generally indicates physical errors on the drive. Disk Doctor in the Norton Utilities will isolate bad clusters and move any data in them to a good cluster. If you have a large number of bad clusters your drive may be on its way out.
 
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