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Hard disk repair
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* July 09, 2009, 04:38:46 pm
My Windows partition on my notebook is going south and I'm having difficulty backing it up in Linux.
I need a (hopefully free) utility to clean up/repair the disk errors so I can get a clean backup before I replace the drive.

I have Avanquest System Suite 10 (used to be Vcom).  Its disk fix utility says nothing is wrong, but its scan utility fails on a disk error, so it's not being very helpful.

I used to have Norton Utilities, but I don't have a recent version.

Any suggestions?




* July 11, 2009, 12:53:36 am

Try to rebuild/repair your partition with the following free Partition Manager utility:;pop


* July 13, 2009, 01:04:34 pm
Sorry if this is double post.  My original reply seems to have disappeared.

Thanks.  I'll look into that.

I have a super nice partition editor called gparted on a bootable cdrom.  I would encourage anyone to try it.  You don't need to know anything about Linux to use it.

Eventually, I was reminded of my old buddy chkdsk -r.  That did the trick.

Someone also suggested another old friend, spinrite which I haven't used for so many years that I had forgotten it.