Re: Pavilion laptop HD problem

For sure, give up on the old disk. Well, not quite. Do what is necessary to
salvage your data and programs before deep-sixing it.

Given what you've described, it is not likely that you can boot from the disk
and copy everything to a new drive. If that would work, as it soemtimes has for
me when doing service work for clients, it would be ideal.

Otherwise, reinstall the Windows OS fresh on a new hard drive, reinstall ALL
your programs and software updates, then copy your data from the old drive.

.... Ben Myers

On Wed, 12 Oct 2005 07:11:14 -0500, "jcgc50" <jcgc50@xxxxxxx> wrote:

>Have run a diagnostic program provided by the HD mfg, Seagate but at this
>point did not make any repairs.
>It identified quite a number of bad sectors. Reason given for each sector
>was either ID not found or uncorrectable data error. It also identified what
>was on each sector and it was the same on all which was hiberfil/sys. It is
>my understanding that this is where files are written when you place the
>notebook in hibernation which I have used.
>I did not look at each sector but did many of them and they were all grouped
>together and everyone I looked at indicated the same files.
>It seems to me that it should be safe to let those file be overwritten by
>the diagnostic software, any thoughts?
>To give some background. A few days ago I ran XP's defrag. When it was about
>half finished I paused it and when I did that everything moved extremely
>slowly. Finally, I stopped the program from finishing and then decided to
>It shut down but could not access the disc. I tried some boot disk but could
>not get to a point where I could see my C drive and eventually I used Norton
>Ghost with an external HD to restore an image. Unfortunately that image was
>2/05 so it was not current and I spent a lot of time getting everything back
>on here.
>Having learned the hardway the importance of backing up I am now trying to
>make a fresh image and that it was has led to this.
>The computer has worked fine since restoring the image.
>So the questions are. Should I fix the disk, or give up and get a new one?
>If I decide to fix the disk do you see any problem with the system running
>properly if the only files effected are those I mentioned?