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Repairing disk to allow TrueCrypt encrypt it

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Hi folks. I am encrypting a disk in a Dell Inspiron D600 with Truecrypt 6.0. However, during the process I am getting a CRC error causing the encryption to bomb out at 17%. I ran a HDD test utility and it came up with one bad sector.

My question is where do I get a Hitachi utility to repair this? I downloaded Drive Fitness Test from Hitachi here: http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm. However when I try to run the erase disk (theres no data on drive yet so I can) I get a message saying the following:

"You are trying to test a non HGST drive. This program only works with HGST drives."

The drive model is an ATA, model number DK23EA-30

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Increasing points...500 big ones
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Try this Western Digital Utility. It will work on any model drive. Try the write zero's option (Full). If it fails, there may be deeper issue with the drive. After writing the zeros, then try the truecrypt again.
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?groupid=611&sid=1&lang=en
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You also could just do a checkdisk in windows. Right click on the drive, select properties, then the tools tab, then the error-checking button. Then check the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" and run the check. This should at least mark the sector as bad and not let it be used by the drive.
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Thanks TCB1, this worked perfectly (and quickly). Didnt need to do the write zero's, just ran the text, it found and repaired the bad sector, Truecrypt now happy to continue..
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