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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 11:10 
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Please note that this has been cut and paste from one of my posts on this page (http://subvein.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=134&p=1025#p1028) here in the Subvein forums and has been moved here so that i dont fill that topic up with a heap of unrelated crap

The questions i am asking at the end of this are "So does anyone know of anything that is free that can run off a CD and can scan for and fix bad sectors so that it is compatible with windows the next time i install it, in the way that those sections of the disk will still be marked as 'bad' and be skipped by the OS?"



PRE* - oh yeah and before the next happened i had installed Windows 7 Professional (which is legitimate and Windows 7 is fucking brilliant and you should all get it when it hits the shelves October 22nd (i think) as well as get VMware, install office 2007 to it make a copy or clone of it and then remake that clone whenever the trial expires =D), installed AVG free, Visual Studio 2008 Pro, XNA Studio 3.0 (btw i havent tried it yet so is it any better for game making than just Visual C# or C++?)
* - Basically what happened to my good computer (which is a laptop and will henceforth be refered to as one) is that i gave it a good thump while it was shutting down and when i opened the lid this morning it had bios level errors saying it couldnt read from the hard drive at a certain part, so after a bit of i decided to reinstall Win 7 (a number of times) - no good so i tried a crazy hard drive data restorer but it was taking ages (because it would trying and read the data off each bit up to 1000 times then give up finally declare that bit dead and move on to the next one), i then tried installing Vista Starter, no good then XP Pro, no good again im now trying to see if this BOOT-into-RAM Ubuntu disk has the ability to do a windows chkdsk.exe type of thing that can scan for bad sectors/clusters and then try to repair them else mark it as untouchable bad disk. So does anyone know of anything that is free that can run off a CD and do that? (i really dont want to buy a laptop HDD)


EDIT: the ubuntu disk i have is version 8.10 and sorry about the wall of text again)

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 11:26 
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I am currently trying to make a large (35GB partition) over the bad area of the disk and am going to install windows 7 after that, then i will scan the disk for errors get them fixed or whatever and then reinstall Win 7 and it should hopefully be all good again because it should be skipping that section.

As of posting this reply it is still preparing my desktop for the account you have to make the first tim you install windows 7 or any other relatively recent version of windows (xp and vsta) wants you to do. Ok now im logged in, wish me luck!

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 12:23 
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Torodoc Bogdan wrote:
try HDDregenerator (www.hddguru.com) : D

There you have it stait from the horses mouth.

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 21:28 
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Ah ok thanks, i let it scan that first section of the HDD last night and when i woke up it told me that there was 4 thousand and somthing bad clusters that it moved or whatever (i cant remember the exact words). So right now i got the system scanning the stuff that followed which it had to reboot to scan the filesystem and right now its at Stage 5 of 5, 36% complete. (13000000 approx. of 440115890 free clusters procesed). After this finishes im going to reinstall 7 and see how it goes.

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PostPosted: Fri 21 Aug 2009, 22:42 
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This is not good, SMART just told me to back up the data as there is going to be an imminent harddisk drive failure.

Also the screen has been on "Setu is updating registry settings" with the windows 7 glowing logo thing for a good 10 minutes. I think i may have to find another computer to play the new subvein v0.52 on.

EDIT: or maybe i could try running ubuntu or Slitaz as a boot into ram thingy and putting subvein on a USB and getting WINE. Hmmm.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 05:20 
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Step 1: Open window
Step 2: Throw laptop out window
Step 3: Close window
Step 4: Buy new computer

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 08:08 
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nah its the only machine i have that can reliably render 3d graphics and ive ordered another HDD from umart should be there monday unfortunately :(

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 10:38 
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Torodoc Bogdan wrote:
Torodoc Bogdan: was 4 thousand and somthing bad clusters
Torodoc Bogdan: this is one fucked up hdd : ))
Robert C.: so any suggestions ?
Robert C.: besides geting a new HDD
Torodoc Bogdan: SMART just told me to back up the data as there is going to be an imminent harddisk drive failure.
... this means that the hdd is kid of dead : D
Torodoc Bogdan: kind*
Robert C.: how about the BOOTING form RAM thing ?
Robert C.: is that an option ?
Torodoc Bogdan: it might be a ram issue to ... ask him what level of knowledge has in computers ? : ))
Robert C.: I don't really thing thats of any relevance
Torodoc Bogdan: and ive ordered another HDD from umart should be there monday unfortunately
Torodoc Bogdan : so
Torodoc Bogdan : the hdd problem is out
Torodoc Bogdan : if he knows how to use Hiren's boot cd .. it has all kind of test, maintenance, repair shits on it : )
Robert C.: ok Tnx Dood


Thats all I got ... for the moment at least.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 11:26 
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^^^ wait what is going on there?

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 12:10 
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the laptop was first purchased early 2006 from the supermarket chain called aldi (the german one) and it had 24 month warranty which if it was somehow valid before it sure isnt now.

EDIT: and before it did the whole failing on me thing it was pretty much running at 100% for a day straight and remember that i thumped the laptop area near the HDD pretty hard, went to bed and woke up to a land of problems. So i doubt the RAm is going as SMART is telling me that there will soon be failure.

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Aug 2009, 12:59 
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OK has anyone got any programs that they know of that i could use on my laptop as a temporary way of playing subvein on a computer with virtually no HDD but still has the video card, cpu, ram etc. Kind of like using the live CD thing of Slitaz or ubuntu that doesnt even use the HDD for memory (though its just bonus storage) but just the ram, but it can also run windows exe's as well?

Main laptop specs:
Intel 1.7ghz dual core
Dead/dying 250gb laptop HDD
nvidia 8600m gs
3gm RAM
17 inch wdescreen montior
can boot from USb from what ive seen in BIOS

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PostPosted: Mon 24 Aug 2009, 09:06 
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Ive got my new HDDand put it in and there arent any issues right before the OS boots up about SMart detectiing any immienent disk failures and when i loaded windows 7 in the expanding files bit when it finally gets past 0% and gets rolling it took 3 secs approx per % while before it took 6 or more secs.
Heres the names and links of my new and old HDDs:
(new) Western Digital Scoprio 320G SATA2 16M 7200RPM notebook
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listne ... &sid=32523

(old drive i think) Western Digital Scoprio 250G SATA 5400RPM,8M notebook HDD
http://umart.com.au/pro/products_listne ... &sid=24506


EDIT: I guess this means im all ready to play subvein again tonight! Woohoo!

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