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What does is mean when chkdsk finds file sectors unreadable? It's not just one file its probably hundreds. I canceled chkdsk and was able to enter Windows but It took a long time and doesn't sound good. What does this mean?
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It means that a part of your drive is physically damaged. Chdksk attempts to recover files from damaged sectors and move them to other parts of the disk so they can be read, but cannot always succeed.

This is often an indication the drive is failing--sometimes, a drive will lose a sector or two and run for years without further damage after chkdsk marks them as bad, windows will not attempt to write to them again. This is usually risky to assume this will happen, so replacing the drive is wise.
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