Resetting clusters marked bad by Windows XP.

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Rocky, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. Rocky

    Rocky Guest

    I have a Windows XP machine that had a hard drive cable that was
    loose. Windows XP marked a lot of clusters as bad when in fact there
    is nothing wrong with them (after fixing the loose cable). My problem
    is that I need to return those clusters to good status now. There is
    nothing wrong with the hard drive or the clusters. There are ways to
    do it in DOS and regular Windows, but those methods do not work with
    Window XP. How do I reset Windows XP's false and incorrect bad
    cluster marking/status?

    Rocky, Apr 17, 2004
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  2. Rocky

    Unk Guest

    Try this: Open a command prompt and type:

    chkdsk /r

    /R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information (implies /F)
    Unk, Apr 17, 2004
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  3. Rocky

    Rocky Guest

    Tried that it doesn't work. Windows XP itself somehow keeps track of
    what it thinks are bad clusters. I know if I format the hard drive and
    reinstall everything the clusters will be good, but I don't want to
    have to do that. There are several utilities for resetting and
    retesting clusters marked bad for DOS and Windows 9X, but I haven't
    found anything to do the same with Windows XP. There must be a way.

    Rocky, Apr 17, 2004
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