Resize HDD with bad sectors possible?

Discussion in 'Acronis Disk Director Suite' started by officiallyme, Sep 16, 2008.

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  1. officiallyme

    officiallyme Registered Member

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    Hi,

    I love DD but I have one HDD which, thanks to chkdsk, shows 32kb of bad sectors.
    Now DD won't touch it anymore.
    I cannot backup the date before resizing so it is not an option to save the software and then format the whole thing.

    So is there a way to tell DD to simply ignore all bad sectors?
    True Image does it.

    All I would like to do is resize a HDD (connected via USB) and DD won't let me do so because it found Bad Sectors. Even if it means losing some data, I am willing to do so. All I need is a workaround to ensure that DD does it.

    Hope someone here can help me :(
     
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    If it's not asking too much, why can't you backup the data? Unless it's data you really don't care about, then it's the best thing to do before making partitioning changes.

    If you don't care about the data, just delete the partition and recreate it the size you want. Make sure to run chkdsk /r on the new partition to remark the bad sectors, otherwise they'll get used and probably result in data loss.
     
  3. officiallyme

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    The HDD is pretty big and in order to back it all up I would have to buy a pretty big external HDD. So this means spending quite a lot of money just because I need to convert the NTFS partition to FAT32.
    As it does not seem to be possible to convert from NTFS to FAT32 without loss of all data, I was going to free up as much space as I can (ca. 60GB) and then resize the disc and create a FAt32 partition. I keep doing this until the whole drive is FAT32.
    Did it with my other drive without any problems but it's not possible with this one because DD does not permit bad sectors.

    If you know of a lossless way of converting the drive to FAT32 (there are no files bigger than 2GB much less 4GB on the drive), then that would be fine as well. But I figured there was absolutely no way of doing so.

    Losing a few KB or MB of data is fine. But losing it all wouldn't.
     
  4. officiallyme

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    since stalin12's reply was deleted again, I have to ask again: is there a way to force Acronis Disk Director to ignore the bad sectors when resizing?
    If not, is there a way to convert NTFS to FAT32 without loss of data?

    If all fails, which would surprise me as there has to be a way to turn off the security measure in DD, would it be possible to "delete" the whole drive in DD, "create" a FAT32 drive of it and then kind of not have him format it properly so one can then run a Data Recovery program that will be able to repair it all?
    This is really the last resort as I doubt this would work and I really would only try that if you could assure me that it would work.

    I'd rather just tell Acronis DD to ignore the bad sectors.


    Or could you tell me how to edit the discs MFT to remove any trace of bad sectors? not the linux ntfsprogs version but rather with Disk Editor or something.
     
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