# Chkdsk, SeaTools, and “does not have enough space to replace bad clusters”

chkdsk

When I tried to do a Windows Vista Complete PC Backup, I received an error message that blathered about bad sectors. Then, when I ran chkdsk /r on the destination drive, this is what I got:

C:\Windows\system32>chkdsk /R E:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Desktop Backup.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
822016 file records processed.
File verification completed.
1 large file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
0 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 5)...
848938 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 5)...
822016 security descriptors processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
13461 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file 239649 of name .
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file 239650 of name .
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters
detected in file 239651 of name .
An unspecified error occurred.f 822000 files processed)


Yet, when I ran the SeaTools short & long generic tests on the Seagate disk, I didn't receive any errors.

I know that I could reformat the disk and try running chkdsk /r again but I'd prefer to avoid waiting >4 hours in the hope that the problem was magically fixed.

On the other hand, if I RmA the drive to Seagate, I have no SeaTools error number to use and they may claim that the drive is just fine.

What should I try to do next?

Side frustration:

There is plenty of free hard drive space. The E: partition has 182 GB free.