Hard drive problem with problem scandisk can't correct.

I have a hard drive which functions well and has a Drive Health TEC well into next year. It is used only for data; the OS is on another drive.

When backing-up from this drive to another drive on the network, the backup ceases when a particular file is being accessed. The drive light stays on and the hangs up at that point. If I try to access that file any other way, for example to copy it, the same thing happens.

Scandisk without a surface check gives the drive a clean bill off health, but if I specify a surface scan, the computer again locks up during the suface test phase.

Is there an option apart from reformatting the drive?

(Running XP sp2 fully updated)

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Try testing drive with manufacturer's disk testing utility, if possible.  Ultimate Boot CD has most of the manufacturer utilities included and can be found at:


It's a good resource to have.

Some manufacturer utilities allow you to repair a bad sector and that's what appears to be the problem.
Hi JimBrook,

Scandisk is not very good at testing for possible bad drive.  Like willcomp said, look for the hard drive manufacturer test. Here is a list

Maxtor/Quantum (Fireball) http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/products/index.htm
Western Digital http://support.wdc.com/download/
Samsung http://www.samsungelectronics.com/hdd/support/utilities/utilities_index.html
Seagate http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
IBM/Hitachi http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT
fujitsu/Seimens http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com/download/hard-drives/#diagnostic


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UBCD includes all of the above plus some.  Also has a HDD repair program (Salvation?) that I have not tried.
all comments above are excellent. scandisk is the little boy of hard checking, use you HD manufacturers hard drive tool. If that doesn't rule out anything then just try to get rid of the file.
backup ceases when a particular file is being accessed

go to windows explorer and rename the fle and see if the other files copy.
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