Posted 03 March 2012 - 18:15
I had a customer bring me her computer, because she couldn't open any applications. So like always unless it's a known malware infection, I first scan the hard drive for bad sectors with Spinrite. 46% into the scan it found 3 bad sectors. Then at around 90% of the scan it found another 300 bad sectors. So I called her and told her what I found.
I HIGHLY recommend she replace the drive. I told her I had one here I could put in. The drive had been repaired good enough at this point to be cloned. She said she wanted to take her chances with the drive. I explained to her that the drive is cloneable right now. If she takes her chances, the next time she brings it to me, I would have to
A) repair all the old or new bad sectors all over again
B) The drive might be so bad I can't clone it and would have to change her for a reinstall of windows on the new drive.
She still wanted to "Take her chance". So before I gave the computer back to her I cloned the drive on to a new drive I had in my office, just in case. Well today she called me (1 1/2 days later) and said the computer had worked good for about a day and now it's doing the same thing all over again.