Are lost clusters the same as bad clusters.......

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I often have norton report that I have lost clusters which I know are
areas of space reported to windows as in use but that actually aren't.
Are these 'bad' clusters or is that something different. Is is best to
allow these to be repaired and deleted or saved.The thread on bad
clusters made me think about this. I am one of those inpatience people
who reaches for the off button when the pc freezes so I expect it is of
my own doing.


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    No, Lost Clusters aren't the same as bad clusters. Lost Clusters are
    files with a head but no tail, or a tail with no head, or a middle with
    no head and no tail....to put it simply, somewhere along the line the
    integrity of the file got broken and the clusters that make it up are no
    longer associated with each other properly. Lost Clusters are those
    which aren't marked as deleted or empty, but which don't recognizably
    belong to a file. You typically get Lost Clusters when forced to reset
    or when Cross-linked files occur--parts of two files get incorrectly
    linked together as one file, with the other parts that are left over
    becoming Lost Clusters.

    Bad clusters are areas that are physically corrupted--can't be read in
    part or in whole.

    --
    Gary S. Terhune
    MS MVP Shell/User
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    "PSYCHOPIXIE" <PSYCHOPIXIE.1klbo0@news.win98banter.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I often have norton report that I have lost clusters which I know are
    > areas of space reported to windows as in use but that actually aren't.
    > Are these 'bad' clusters or is that something different. Is is best to
    > allow these to be repaired and deleted or saved.The thread on bad
    > clusters made me think about this. I am one of those inpatience
    people
    > who reaches for the off button when the pc freezes so I expect it is
    of
    > my own doing.
    >
    >
    > --
    > PSYCHOPIXIE
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    > No, Lost Clusters aren't the same as bad clusters. Lost Clusters are
    > files with a head but no tail, or a tail with no head, or a middle with
    > no head and no tail....to put it simply, somewhere along the line the
    > integrity of the file got broken and the clusters that make it up are no
    > longer associated with each other properly. Lost Clusters are those
    > which aren't marked as deleted or empty, but which don't recognizably
    > belong to a file. You typically get Lost Clusters when forced to reset
    > or when Cross-linked files occur--parts of two files get incorrectly
    > linked together as one file, with the other parts that are left over
    > becoming Lost Clusters.
    >
    > Bad clusters are areas that are physically corrupted--can't be read in
    > part or in whole.

    WOE.
    I am going to be a Dan for a second on your above reply gary.
    That was the most Terse and comprehensive explanation I
    have ever read.
    Each line was an edification.

    **accolades**

    regards Jane
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    "jane" <jane@internet.com> wrote in message
    news:%236kH0iPFFHA.4004@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    |
    | > No, Lost Clusters aren't the same as bad clusters. Lost Clusters are
    | > files with a head but no tail, or a tail with no head, or a middle
    with
    | > no head and no tail....to put it simply, somewhere along the line
    the
    | > integrity of the file got broken and the clusters that make it up
    are no
    | > longer associated with each other properly. Lost Clusters are those
    | > which aren't marked as deleted or empty, but which don't
    recognizably
    | > belong to a file. You typically get Lost Clusters when forced to
    reset
    | > or when Cross-linked files occur--parts of two files get incorrectly
    | > linked together as one file, with the other parts that are left over
    | > becoming Lost Clusters.
    | >
    | > Bad clusters are areas that are physically corrupted--can't be read
    in
    | > part or in whole.
    |
    | WOE.
    | I am going to be a Dan for a second on your above reply gary.
    | That was the most Terse and comprehensive explanation I
    | have ever read.
    | Each line was an edification.
    |
    | **accolades**
    |
    | regards Jane

    I'd rather be "a head but no tail" than the other choices he has
    offered!

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    should things get worse after this,
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