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Bad sector removal

oshabu
Please can I be assisted on how to recover bad sectors in window 7
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    OH Smeg

    These are faulty areas on the HDD and as such can not be repaired you need to replace the Hard Disc Drive.

    However depending on what is actually reporting the Bad Sectors sometimes Software can incorrectly Report Bad Sectors and all you need do then is remove that software and rescan the HDD.

    Though before doing that you should use the HDD Makers Testing Utility on the HDD to see if it actually passes the Makers Test or if it is failing and starting it's trip to Silicon Heaven. You can get the HDD Makers Testing Utility from the HDD Makers Web Site.

    Col

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    robo_dev

    I believe most Seagate drives spend eternity in place infinitely hotter than the Silicon Heaven you speak of. :)

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    skbaumert

    Use SpinRite to remove the bad sectors: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

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    LeonBA

    You may be able to fix bad sectors using Flobo HDDBadSectorRepair, though it's not free software.

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    echrepublic2012

    You can fix the bad sector problem by PBD(Partition Bad Disk)which scan the disk and isolates bad sectors.

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    r_widell

    All drives have bad sectors. There's no such thing as a perfect platter.

    However all drives also have spare sectors which can be mapped to replace the bad sectors. And every modern OS has the ability to update the bad sector map. In Windows, the CHKDSK /R command will do this. If the check is to be performed on the system partition, that partition will be flagged to perform the check on the next boot. (CAVEAT- if the partition is full, the remapping won't work)

    You should also confirm the health of the drive. Enable S.M.A.R.T. in the system BIOS and run a utility to confirm the health of the drive. Or do as Col suggested and run the diagnostic utility available from the manufacturer of your particular drive.

    There's a finite limit on the number of spare sectors and if the drive is approaching that limit, it's time to replace the drive.

    ron

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    OH Smeg

    These are faulty areas on the HDD and as such can not be repaired you need to replace the Hard Disc Drive.

    However depending on what is actually reporting the Bad Sectors sometimes Software can incorrectly Report Bad Sectors and all you need do then is remove that software and rescan the HDD.

    Though before doing that you should use the HDD Makers Testing Utility on the HDD to see if it actually passes the Makers Test or if it is failing and starting it's trip to Silicon Heaven. You can get the HDD Makers Testing Utility from the HDD Makers Web Site.

    Col

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    robo_dev

    I believe most Seagate drives spend eternity in place infinitely hotter than the Silicon Heaven you speak of. :)

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    skbaumert

    Use SpinRite to remove the bad sectors: http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

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    LeonBA

    You may be able to fix bad sectors using Flobo HDDBadSectorRepair, though it's not free software.

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    echrepublic2012

    You can fix the bad sector problem by PBD(Partition Bad Disk)which scan the disk and isolates bad sectors.

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    r_widell

    All drives have bad sectors. There's no such thing as a perfect platter.

    However all drives also have spare sectors which can be mapped to replace the bad sectors. And every modern OS has the ability to update the bad sector map. In Windows, the CHKDSK /R command will do this. If the check is to be performed on the system partition, that partition will be flagged to perform the check on the next boot. (CAVEAT- if the partition is full, the remapping won't work)

    You should also confirm the health of the drive. Enable S.M.A.R.T. in the system BIOS and run a utility to confirm the health of the drive. Or do as Col suggested and run the diagnostic utility available from the manufacturer of your particular drive.

    There's a finite limit on the number of spare sectors and if the drive is approaching that limit, it's time to replace the drive.

    ron