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dontcensorme

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Hi all
What does Bad Block in drive D mean?

I am getting this error all the time. Drive D is a FAT32 partition on my hard drive © which has all the programs that were pre-installed on my PC by Hewlett Packard.

I am getting random error messages on start up, saying that windows cannot start due to a missing file. This includes msconfig and others that I don't recognise. Is this due to the bad block thing?

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A bad block is usually a physical error on your hard drive. It's often an early indication of a failing drive. <_<
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Great <_<

Does it matter that it's only on the partition with all the recovery data on? What I mean is, does my PC actually use that part of the drive for anything except storage?

Thanks for your reply, BTW.
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What I mean is, does my PC actually use that part of the drive for anything except storage?

The entire drive is only used for storage. <_<

I wouldn't rush to do anything. It might be an isolated error. Just run an error check (discscan) on the drive, and keep an eye out for more errors. Be sure you keep current on your backups.
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The entire drive is only used for storage. :D

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<_< Doh!

Not being PC clever makes me ask questions that sound stupid. I know what I mean though :D

What I'm trying to say is, does my PC actually read from it and store new things on it or does it ignore it until I try to restore the PC (which is what that partition is for).

Does that make sense?

I did a disk scan again but it never reports any errors on the scan. The bad block message is in the event viewer and the error log though.
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It's a special hidden partition that is only used to store restore data. Data is not written to this partition.
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