Format fails due to bad sectors
Posted on 2003-02-24
I'm trying to repair an old PC for a friend. The problem is a few bad sectors on the hard drive that messed up the Windows system directory.
I started with a Win95 startup disk and tried to run Win95 setup from the CD. However, setup tries to run Scandisk on the C: drive and this hung (I let it run for hours an dhours in case it was trying to copy data elsewhere, I also tried a defrag of the disk first, Scandisk still hangs).
I tired to delete the directory on which Scandisk was hanging but I can't seem to do this, even though it is empty.
So, I gave up and repartitioned the disk. Now I need to format the disk before reinstalling the O/S but the format is terminating due to the bad sectors.
Format tries to recover sector 17 and gives up after a few hours, saying "Format Terminated".
I know the only real solution here is to buy a new HD (or a new PC) but I'd like to help this friend out as she has cooked me a few nice meals while I've been trying to fix this problem :)
Is there a way to repartition and format the disk so that it avoids the bad sectors and doesn't try to recover them?