Does anyone know of a way to disable the first 3 gigabyte of a HD in order to be able to use it from that 3rd gig and on.
My HD has an unrecoverable error somewhere around the 2nd gig which prevents me from doing anything further than installing the OS. The OS installs fine but once i add anything more, the error part is overwritten and the comp is dead.
Is there ANY way to block the first 3 gigs (windows dosmode recovery tools) ?
I was totally laughed at when I told some one here that you could use fdisk to assist in hd repairs.
The jackass,,, don't remember who right now said fdisk only allows you to partition drives & cant help with drive recovery/repairs.
Another vote for a new drive. Once you get an unrecoverable error in the drive, you'll get another. I have 2 Seagate 120GBs that have been fine for 3 years, running RAID0 the whole time. I plan on getting new Seagate SATA drives when I do a rebuild.
Once upon a time, scandisk full scan would mark these disks. If it still does, it would surely have to do this in DOS mode during a boot. A format should also identify bad sectors and mark them as unusable. (Full format NOT QUICK).
On non-ide drives, you can do a low level format which would mark bad blocks.
Thats good advice but some still cant afford it & if done properly you have nothing to loose ,,, only real down side is the size of that disk,,, it will take a long time if it were to run the procedure to the end.
Fixing it with fdisk or anything doesn't work, I tried all that, I know most (not all!) possibilities. Not much to do then turn it in. It wont install windows on the other partiotion coz it always asks for the 3gig partition to format it first and instasll its temp files there.
Its a new disk, so im retourig it in to swap for a new one. Meantime i bought a second new one and it works fine. Once the swap for the broken one arrives ill put it in as a raid.