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Is it possible for the windows copy/paste utility to destroy a HDD beyond recovery? I cannot believe that it is a coincidence that immediately following a long session of copy/paste and deleting from my G: drive that it now has bad sectors all over the place and that I can't read/copy/delete any of the files on it at all.

I'm no pro at this at all, so how would I go about recovering all of this information and/or fixing the drive without losing any data? At the very least without losing most of my data.

At the momment, the drive is accessible through explorer and I can see how much space is left but it is responding incredibly slowly and I cannot access any folders beyond the root; if I try to, I get this error: "G:\Movies is not accessible. The File or directory is corrupted and unreadable." If I happen to get in, trying to play a file with VLC works, after waiting a solid 3 minutes, for the first second of the file and then the same error will pop up.

If it's important, explorer says there is 33.9GB free of 1.81TB.

Thanks,
Mike
Edited by SI51 - 6/6/12 at 2:51pm
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post #2 of 14
Idk about Copy/Paste destroying sectors because I've been using those commands all my life and I never had a hard drive die because of it. You probably just got unlucky and your drive has bad sectors, it happened to me lots of times with the newer drives.

As for recovering files, you can try recuva. I used it a couple times and it worked pretty good for my applications. I don't really do a lot of recovering since I constantly back my things up to an external hd.
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Try booting up with a linux live disc.

Use this utility. It allows you to pick which distro you prefer. I usually just use ubuntu since it seems easier. It has a built in tool for creating a bootable flash drive.
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Is there anyway to restore the drive? I've had it for over a year now and no problems at all until now... maybe just some corrupt data that needs to be sorted out? And by restore I mean fix it without affecting the data on it.
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open command prompt and run chkdsk g: /f /r
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post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post

open command prompt and run chkdsk g: /f /r

It's either corrected 3 errors in the same index for the same file or it is failing to correct that error. Currently stuck on third attempt.
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post #7 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by SI51 View Post

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Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post

open command prompt and run chkdsk g: /f /r

It's either corrected 3 errors in the same index for the same file or it is failing to correct that error. Currently stuck on third attempt.
How long are you letting it run? With those commands (and on a drive performing poorly) it should take about 6-10 hours to finish scanning your drive. Since your first post was 40 minutes ago, I'm guessing you cancelled/interrupted it rather than letting it continue? Let it run fully and then see what you can recover tomorrow.

Oh - copy/paste shouldn't destroy the drive, but bad sectors are only discovered when read or written to. If the drive was sitting idle for a long time, it may have been developing them, and just now it discovered them.

I highly recommend you install TeraCopy for future huge copies. In the settings you can enable "Test after copy", which checks the CRCs of all files after copying them. A good way to guarantee everything was written properly, and can be read. thumb.gif
http://codesector.com/teracopy
     
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It is coincidence. I have to tell people this all the time when they run updates and then their machine doesn't boot. I check their drive and it has bad sectors. It's not uncommon for this to happen after moving large if your drive was aleady close to death (and you just didn't know it).
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by selectstriker2 View Post

open command prompt and run chkdsk g: /f /r

Ok it started recovering files but now I get "insufficient disk space to recover lost data." It's been in this loop for a while now. I'm hoping I'll eventually be able to recover everything after I move off files that I can access?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kramy View Post

How long are you letting it run? With those commands (and on a drive performing poorly) it should take about 6-10 hours to finish scanning your drive. Since your first post was 40 minutes ago, I'm guessing you cancelled/interrupted it rather than letting it continue? Let it run fully and then see what you can recover tomorrow.
Oh - copy/paste shouldn't destroy the drive, but bad sectors are only discovered when read or written to. If the drive was sitting idle for a long time, it may have been developing them, and just now it discovered them.
I highly recommend you install TeraCopy for future huge copies. In the settings you can enable "Test after copy", which checks the CRCs of all files after copying them. A good way to guarantee everything was written properly, and can be read. thumb.gif
http://codesector.com/teracopy

I actually let it run and it's still running haha, I guess I'll let it go for a while then.
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It is coincidence. I have to tell people this all the time when they run updates and then their machine doesn't boot. I check their drive and it has bad sectors. It's not uncommon for this to happen after moving large if your drive was aleady close to death (and you just didn't know it).

Stupid coincidences!! Argh you ruin me!!
Edited by SI51 - 6/6/12 at 3:49pm
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So, it finished and the first movie I tried was Avatar and it worked, albeit it took a little long for my computer to 'sync' with the film. The picture froze a few times with the audio playing, but then the picture caught up. Then I played another film and explorer had to film the green bar all the way up, then I had to wait a little longer before the film actually played, but it did play - all chopy-like. Should I defrag? run chkdsk again?

And for future reference: I did leave my computer on for about 9 months straight, only accessing the OS drive on occasion through remote desktop while I was out of the country. Did that contribute to these bad sectors? If so, how can this be avoided if I'd like to leave the computer on? Unplug the drive internally? Or run a defrag every month or so?
Edited by SI51 - 6/6/12 at 5:28pm
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