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    Physical damage on sector

    I'm trying to run a clone backup (Redo Backup) and keeps stopping because it finds 'physical damage on sector'. I've done a Win7 scan and attempt recovery of errors. Is there a way to 'set aside' these bad sectors?
    Or should I try a different backup program?

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    You might try Windows Explorer, right-click the drive icon and Properties then choose Tools the Error Checking. Check both boxes and accept the OK. You'll have to shutdown and boot up to get the full drive check, should find and mark the bad spots. Choosing only the first item on that doesn't do as the drive apparently needs. The other way is to determine the brand of HDD and get the diagnostic for it from that brand's Web site.

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    It's likely your backup app telling you there's a problem with the hard disk.

    You'll want to run a chkdsk /r on the drive in question.
    If it is your primary drive that's effected, make or use your operating system's
    bootable disk and run the chkdsk /r from the command prompt while booted from that disk.
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    Any reported sector error on a modern hard disk (last 10 years) means the disk is about to die and needs to be backed up immediately, then run the manufacturers diagnostic utility to determine the extent of the problem.
    Modern disks have internal diagnostics and error correction using spare sectors. Once those have been used up your OS / program reports an error.

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