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External Hard Drive Bad Sectors

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#1 koolwill


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 03:18 AM



A friend gave me a Western Digital Elements 2tb hard drive that has bad sectors to try and recover data off of.  The hard drive is about 1.6 tb filled with mostly videos.


A few months ago I tried to repair the drive using chkdsk but that did not work and ended up making the files not visible in Windows Explorer, but they were still there.  I then try and fix the drive using Testdisk but for reasons I can not remember I stopped it before it finished.  After that I did not do anything with it for a few months as I was busy with classes.


I turned it back on a few days ago now and the files are now showing up in Windows Explorer.  I tried to copy the files using Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier but it is not very feasible as copy speeds were going anywhere from 5 kb/s to 50 kb/s.  Of the small amount of files I tried to copy most of them timed out and only a partial file was copied.  The files are going into a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2tb.  Also when I use CrystalDiskInfo to try and check the health of the drive it does not detect the drive.


Also I have been trying to pull a full list of files using dir /s from the command prompt, but it stops when there is a read error.  Is there any way around that?


All of the above was done on a Windows 7 laptop.


Thank You.

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#2 Kilroy


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Posted 21 July 2016 - 11:44 AM

You can give SpinRite a try.  It isn't free, but he does offer a money back guarantee.  The cost is $89.  Only you can say if the data is worth it.  It may take a day or two to run.  I've had good success as long as I could see the drive.

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