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By mr_sriram ·
I have a 20GB hard disk which have recently formed bad sectors.

Is it possible to clear all the bad sectors and use the hard disk as before.

If there is any software for removing bad sectors, do help me.

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by JimBb In reply to Bad Sector

You should see a bad sector as a hardware malfunction on a small portion of the platters of your disk. You cannot remove them. It's some kind of a "flag" so that your OS knows it should stay away from that (small) part of your disk.

However, a low-level format utility can "flag" them so the disk itself won't try to use them anymore, and your OS won't even know they are there.

Jim

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by mr_sriram In reply to Bad Sector

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by grump In reply to Bad Sector

You can format the drive and if the surface of the platter is truly bad, formating will flag as bad. Scandisk is first line of diagnostics for disk failure, but not 100 percent. If formating flags bad sector then you will have to work around. if is common to find one or two bad sectors as the coating on the platter surface begins to break down. If in time the block sector get larger then you are in for trouble with that drive.. Manufactures have diagnostic utilities for evaluating and test their specific Hard Drives.. The manufacture diags is what I would recommend to ensure the reliability of the drive in question.. Hope this is the information you needed..

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by jereg In reply to Bad Sector

There is a program that will hide the bad sectors from the operating system. It's called Disk Manager and it can be downloaded from the web. Check your hard drive mfr. web site. I know that Quantum and IBM make it available from their drives. the program is easy to use, and for all intentes and purposes, will eleminate the bad sectors. After running it, Scandisk will no longer see the sectors.
Hope that helps.

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