Just for others having the same trouble: Heard of “SpinRite”, Shall try it out, as they say the software finds data on bad sectors and recovers it to some “safe” places on the HD b4 repairing the bad sectors.
If it does, that wold be nice. Maybe there are no data on those sectors anyway? Hope that applicatin will show and ask me before doing the job.
As alternative, there might be the solution under http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/.
This is actually, what I used. The software ifentified some 45,000 files on “bad sectors”, and recovered them to my external harddrive: about 50 GB of files. I do not know if my PC, or better, Windows (XPhome 32bit SP3) “finds” later, where those recovered data belong to, when I try and do the detailed scan of my damaged HD with WD’s “Data Lifeguard Diagnostic”, and have the bad sectors “repaired”, as the data on the bad sector will be deleted. You see: I have backed them all up, but how do I assign them to the place in the various softwares where they belong?
Well, I meanwhile dared to click on that button “repair” after a new diag. However, I only got an error message saying:
Test Option: EXTENDED TEST
Model Number: WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0
Unit Serial Number: WD-WC[…]
Firmware Number: 01.03E01
Capacity: 320.07 GB
SMART Status: PASS
Test Result: FAIL
Test Error Code: 08-Error was detected while repairing bad sectors.
Test Time: 21:58:45, January 07, 2012
So please can anyone tell me what does this signify: “Test Error Code: 08-Error was detected while repairing bad sectors.” ? Does this mean there is a physical damage which cannot be repaired?
And, is there any update of the DLGDIAG, and of the firmware for the HD which could be helpful?
The answer to this might play a decisive role in my consiferations of buying a new PC: Just to install the complete system on a new HD without any more improvement appears to me as “not efficient”.
But as you see, the machine is still running. ;-(