hard drive help... bad sector?
Posted on 2001-06-13
so, i ran this disk diagnostic tool for my western digital drive (got the tool from western digital site).
the diagnostic claims that there is an error on the disk... probably bad sector according to error code. (final code 0256 - for those who may know)
western digital says that running the repair process using the diag tool MAY result in data loss.
so, i ran windows 2000 scan disk instead... and no errors showed up... weird? but the diag tool from WD still shows the error.
so, i suppose the bad sector(s) are unused space... or parts of files that are barely used???
before i run the diag repair process using the WD software, i want to find out which files/data are in the sector(s) that will be relocated/repaired by the software... in case they are lost.
this is important because the drive is my windows boot drive.
i know that i can back up the data, run the tool, and if it does not boot up anymore just replace using backup data. but that is too troubling/time-consuming.
my question is (finally):
is there some software that can tell me which files/data are in these bad sectors discovered by the WD diag software? so i can figure out whether they are critical windows fine leading to no boot if they are not recovered from the repair...
also, should i even be concerned at all since windows 2000 scan disk found no errors? should i still repair the drive using the WD diag software to prevent worse troubles in future?
besides that, everything in windows works fine... except for this error and warning that pops up in the event log about once a week:
WARNING: The driver has detected that device \Device\Harddisk0\DR0 has predicted that it will fail. Immediately back up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
ERROR: The driver detected a controller error on Device\Harddisk0\DR0.