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Toshiba Hard Drive Remap/Fitness Utility Needed

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I have a 4.3GB 2.5" Toshiba hard drive in a Panasonic ToughBook running WIN98SE.  (It's not so tough anymore).  I started having disk write errors and crashes  After running Troubleshooter-Hard Drive Analyser, I have, (so far it's still running at this writing), found 4 unmarked bad tracks.  One of the track errors indicated address mark not found.   I am not using even 25% of the drive's capacity since essentially this unit is used for testing purposes only.  I am looking for a utility like the IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Utility for this drive that can flag sectors and tracks bad and remap them to alternative addresses.  Toshiba's tech. support indicated they did *not* have such a utility.  If I remember correctly when doing this with other brands of drives in the past (with their respective utility), I did not necessarily have to do a reformat of the drive afterwards and could potentially keep the O/S and drivers intact (don't have the system or driver disk anymore, had to manually download them the last time of an O/S reload).  A new or refurbed disk drive seems to be a little pricey for this old of a laptop.  Any help with this?
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The above suggestions were adequate and I tried most of them.  No single one worked nor did all of them together work but were none the less beneficial.  Results from several of them need more investigation especially when inconsistent with others.

I will provide more detail *why* for future benefit in next 4 days.

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LucF & Modulo:
Had too many irons in the fire and could not respond in the required 4 days.  I also agreed with the points split stated. If you want to close please do so and I will not respond further and will drop "more detail *why* for future benefit."  
Sorry for the delay,
Thx,
Chuck53
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