My Windows has been freezing and bluescreening after startup recently. After trying to copy out the data I determined the problem -- the hard drive seems to shut down after accessing a particular place.
Trying to make an image with
dd under Linux always fails at the same point and makes the drive inaccessible, checking for errors with HDTune under Windows does the same thing when it reaches that sector. After restarting, the HDD works again.
My HDD is "HTS541080G9SA00 - Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 5400RPM 8MB Buffer SATA 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive".
I'm not particularly concerned with backups, but I have two questions.
What could be the cause? I've had read errors in HDDs before, but never to the point of the drive shutting down. Is this simply a bad sector, or sign of the whole HDD dying?
Is there a way I can mark the bad sectors, reinstall Windows and get on with my day (at least in the short term), or should I just give up on that HDD?
Edit for future reference: I'm marking this as solved, but I didn't try anything, I just ended up ordering a new HDD.