moderated Re: Disk repair utility, usable with JAWS

John Covici

You might also want to check the drive periodically with smartmontools
and if the reallocated sectors are anything but 0, get a new drive.

On Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:51:48 -0400,
Dave Durber wrote:

Hello Chris:

I just checked the hard drives serial number, on the Western
Digital web site, and discovered, that the drive is over five
years old, it has served me well. So, off to hard drive heaven it

I have decided to order a 3 TB hard drive, which is the same size
as the external drive which has the data recovered from the
defective drive. When it comes, I will use Image for Windows to
copy the partitions stored on the external hard drive to the new
internal hard drive, which will save time in initializing,
partitioning, formatting and then copying the data.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hill"
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:58 PM
Subject: Re: Disk repair utility, usable with JAWS

Hello. Sounds like you did the right things, except for one. If
a drive gives you errors, and you manage to fix it using the
process you used, you may not want to trust it again. Hard
drives are cheap, and data is hard to replace. I had a drive in
a laptop that failed in a similar manner to yours. I was able
to write zeros to it and get it going again. Six months later
the whole disaster began again with another bad sector in a bad
spot making it unreliable. I finally put in a new drive and
restored the backup. That was the true fix to the problem.

Good luck.


On 8/24/2019 09:35, Dave Durber wrote:
Hello John

Thank you for your suggestions. In addition, I would also like
to thank others on this list for their suggestions.

It has beena week or 2 since I posed my original question.

Later that day, a friend came round and after I told him my
problem, he said that he had the Ontrac data recovery software
on his system. I took the drive out of the particular computer
and, along with that hard drive, an additional USB hard drive
and a USB 2.5/3.5 inch docking station we went to his house.

Please note: the latest version of the Ontrac Data Recovery
software, is not accessible to any screen reading software. I
tried it before my friend came to my house.

Once he had run the Ontrac software and performed a scan on
the troublesome hard drive, to my enormous relief and enormous
good luck, he was able to recover all the data on the drive
and copy it to the spare hard drive. The software, did report
some problems with some sectors on the drive, fortunately,
there was no data in those sectors.

When I got home, I reinstalled the hard drive in the
computer. As the hard drive is a Western Digital hard drive, I
downloaded and installed their Data Lifeguard software.

As I had all the data from the drive stored on another
drive. I decided to choose the option to write zeros to the
entire drive, in effect, returning the drive to the state it
was in when I purchased it. The function completed
successfully, with no errors.

Once that was done, I used the windows Disk Management
utility, to initialize, partition and format the drive.

I then used CHKDSK, with the /f switch, to check the drive. It
came back with no errors.

I restarted the computer and used CHKDSK, with the /F switch
again, and again, the program came back with no errors.

I restored the data from the backup drive to the original
drive. So, everything is back to normal.

I will check the drive regularly to check reliability.

----- Original Message ----- From: "John Covici" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 11, 2019 11:34 AM
Subject: Re: Disk repair utility, usable with JAWS

I would get smartmontools and see what it says about your drive.
Also, a great utility for disk repair is spinwrite at

On Sun, 11 Aug 2019 06:00:21 -0400,
Dave Durber wrote:

Hello Everyone:

I have a system running Windows 7 Professional 64 BIT, which I
intend upgrading to Windows 10 when I get a new Motherboard for
it. I have JAWS 2018 installed on it. In addition to the CD-DVD
ROM, it has a 120 GB SSD, which is the system drive, and 2 1 TB
Hdd Drives, which ar F and G.

Yesterday, when I started the system, I tried to log onto drive
g. Windows reported a drive error. Of course, being Windows, the
operating system did not tell me what type of error was affecting
the drive, only that Windows could not access it.

I ran CMD, and in the DOS shell window, I used CHKDSK with the /f
switch. CHKDSK, reported that it could not attempt to scan the
drive because of a drive error and closed itself and returned me
to the DOS Shell window.

My question is, is anyone on this list, using a good disk repair
utility, which is accessible using JAWS
At present, I have no idea, as to whether the problem is with
the partition, its format or the problem is with the files which
hold the information about the data stored on the drive.

Any Suggestions please.


Dave Durber

Your life is like a penny. You're going to lose it. The question is:
How do
you spend it?

John Covici wb2una

Your life is like a penny. You're going to lose it. The question is:
How do
you spend it?

John Covici wb2una

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