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At what point are hard drive bad sectors actually bad?

I'm kind of freaking out here, so I'm sorry if this question may be panicked. So, today, when I started my system up, I took a look at one of the drives in my Raid 0 setup. It showed 7 bad sectors. ...
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Bad performance on Windows 7 with Bad sectors

Since a month ago everything was right with my laptop. And then Windows started crashing. Now my windows is stuttering every 5 seconds and fails to perform smoothly any operation. There were no bad ...
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Hiren's Boot CD - HDD Diagnostics - EDIT S.M.A.R.T. info

I have a Seagate hard drive and scanned it using Hiren Boot CD with HDD Revitalizer. HDD Revitalizer scanned and repaired bad blocks. It only found 2 bad sectors. After that I ran a low level ...
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Laptop shuts after 5/10 seconds (sometimes) <del>(May be due to bad sectors in HDD)</del>

I've Sony VAIO laptop (model VPCEA23EL). Mostly I use it for internet usage and as an entertainment system, sometime for minor programming (No DB or No VM are installed). I do keep it on for 24 X 7 ...
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ddrescue - what are bad sectors look like in the final?

I've read tons of docs on ddrescue, but still can't get sure on such a thung: how the bad sectors look in the output image file(or disk) at the end of the ddrescue's work? Manual says it skips bad ...
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Sudden hard drive failures

In the past month I experienced three hard drives suddenly failing for seemingly no reason: A 500GB SATA Samsung hard drive in an RF511 notebook (6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI ...
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Mark bad blocks as unusable on NTFS using linux

one of my laptops are using windows and after a certain impact it doesn't boots up anymore, I figured the disk might've been damaged. So I've launced live Kali linux and scanned it with badblocks ...
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Is it possible to extract/backup the so called G-List (a list with bad sectors)?

If I run a full disk format in Windows, it will often find and mark bad sectors in the SystemArea, in a list called the G-List (source). If I re-format the drive, this list will get deleted. Is there ...
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Are Soft Bad Sectors recorded in a drive's S.M.A.R.T. data?

Yesterday I was faced with a soft bad sector when I decided to run chkdsk.exe in Windows all by myself. I have suspicions that it was caused by a recent Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver update. I ...
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check if hdd has bad sectors ad force windows to ignore them

i have a 500gb hdd (SeaGate), and every now and then i get a bsod with error being ntfs.sys it happens daily, maybe even 3 times a day is there a way I can check if my hdd has: a. A bad sector/s ...
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Unable to access 15 GB partition?

I have 250 GB HDD. I have created 5 partitions of it. Unfortunately, I am unable to format, delete, access my 5th partition which is of 15 GB. It says that it is Unallocated. If it is unallocated then ...
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Really damaged HDD, is there a faster way to identify and mark bad blocks?

I have this 120GB HDD with ~2-3GB of contiguous bad sectors on it, no way to regenerate them, but other than that, still usable. I don't have splinters running inside, so it seem safe for now (or for ...
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GParted reports bad blocks on a new drive?

I have a pretty old Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop that had a failing drive (boots started failing, S.M.A.R.T. parameters showed reallocated sectors), so I used Clonezilla to copy the data to a new drive ...
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Portable hard drive broken media

My portable hard drive fall on the on floor hard yesterday and stopped working, the hard light is flashing blue but my PC can't see it, i tried it with many machines, but the same , it is not working, ...
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What is the fastest way to mark bad sectors *without data recovery*?

I have an out of warranty laptop that has an hdd with bad sectors. I say that because chkdsk /r got stuck for over 24 hours at certain %. I also left GRC's SpinRite running for 4 days. It is my ...
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External Hard Disk is not accessible. “The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable”

I have a 1 TB AgentGoFlex Seagate external HDD. Lately it was causing some issues like a few folders which had data were not showing any files.  A few folders were not opening, etc. So I tried ...
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How bad are bad sectors?

How bad are bad sectors on a hard drive really? If a tool (e.g. disk utility from ubuntu/gnome) reports bad sectors on a disk, what is the expected time to death? (assuming the bad sector did not ...
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CHKDSK /R turns Perfect HDD Seagate 3TB to 0.7TB (marks the rest has bad)

Before I explain the problem, let me tell you what's not the problem. I don't have problems formatting or seeing the drive has 3TB, so please avoid this issue. So, now the problem. I had this drive ...
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How to determine which partition has badblocks?

I have the following device: Model Family: Western Digital Caviar Green (AF) Device Model: WDC WD15EARS-00MVWB0 Serial Number: WD-WCAZA3607921 LU WWN Device Id: 5 0014ee 2b01eac3e Firmware ...
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Trying to remove/diagnose single Current_Pending_Sector in S.M.A.R.T. data

I'm in a process of doing a fresh Linux install and before I went to do that I thought that it is a good time to verify HDD health since I can safely overwrite any data on the HDD if needed. First ...
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Hard drive failing, trouble with MHDD [duplicate]

I'm dealing with failing WD 750 GB laptop hdd. Scan perfmormed with MHDD booted from flash disk indicated few (about 6) bad sectors. Data on the hdd is not important, however I would like to still ...
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S.M.A.R.T. error on the drive, how to deal with 80 bad sector? [duplicate]

My system reported a S.M.A.R.T. error on the drive few days ago, Warning: Immediately back-up your data and replace your. I backed up my data, and then tried to see what is the problem, using HDD ...
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So I found and marked some bad clusters—now what?

I don't know exactly why, but hard drive failure happens to me quite often. This time around, three out of my eight drives failed almost at the same time (two HDDs and one SSD). I still don't know ...
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How to quickly format a HDD with bad sectors (in linux)?

I have a SATA HDD, which has bad sectors. I do not need the data, and need to format the HDD to create a fresh device. I tried to repair the HDD problem with commands like fsck.ext4 -p /dev/sda1 ...
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Unable to Write Zeros to Bad Sectors/Hard Disk Not Counting Reallocated Sectors

I have a drive that is reporting that the current pending sectors is "45". I have used badblocks to identify the sectors and I have been trying to write zeros to them with dd. From what I understand, ...
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How to isolate bad sectors on a hard disk in Windows 7? [duplicate]

If I know that a hard disk has bad sectors, how can I "mark" them so that Windows 7 doesn't write to them when I copy files and stuff?
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Remove Selected Range LBA

My HDD sounds like "click of death" on a specific range of LBA (which i check by tool). The HDD sounds very bad when accessing data on that range (imaging when you are using an application and ...
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Can prematurely powering down a computer cause bad sectors in a hard drive?

Q1: Can forcibly powering off a PC without using the built-in shutdown/reboot functions, cause a HDD to accumulate bad sectors? Whether it be the result of BSODs, lockups, crashes, etc. Q2: If so, ...
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Cannot make MHDD bootable from pendrive using windows 7

I downloaded an MHDD iso file and tried to make my USB bootable of the same using power ISO.But the mission failed.Why its not able to make the pen drive bootable?
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Why Linux works but windows not?

I ran the command badblocks and it found 5 sector errors on my hard drive It is preventing my windows installation from completing. After loading all the files, it is showing a blue screen error. ...
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Reallocated Sector Count Field

My hard drive performance is very slow, startup time has been long and harddisk led is on at most of time. HD Tune shows that there is not any bad sector in my hard disk, but it has a Reallocated ...
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Prevent Windows 7 from reading bad disk sector and freezing

My hard drive has a couple of bad spots, and Windows pretty much stops everything to try to read that one spot it fails on. As in, the taskbar and mouse pointer actually freeze. I know it's trying to ...
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Bad sectors on hard drive = corrupted files? [duplicate]

Three times over the past week or two my laptop (9-year-old Dell running Windows XP Home SP3) has auto-run chkdsk when I've turned it on. The process has taken about 2 hours to complete, after which ...
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Windows chkdsk replaced bad cluster - are files now corrupted?

I ran chkdsk on a drive and when it got to stage 4 (verifying file data), this message appeared for some files: Windows replaced bad clusters in file ###### of name \path\filename.ext Does this ...
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External HDD reallocate sector count [crystal disk]

I ran crystal disk to try and find out the problems with my EHDD and it's come up with a caution, does this report show that it's FUBAR?
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Clone hdd with bad sectors

I have a 250 gig hdd and a 240 gig ssd. I want to transfer the data from the 250 gig hdd to the 240 gig ssd. I have tried a variety of methods with no success: (keep in mind i can boot perfectly from ...
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Reading bad blocks from hard disk too slow in Linux

I'm trying to recover data from an old 320G hard drive (full of bad sectors) to a new one. I found that ddrescue is a good tool for this task due to it's smart algorithm. I have already done this once ...
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88 bad sectors recovered - a warning or red alert?

Yesterday on my Thinkpad W520 I've noticed I was unable to load up my VMWare image due to some disk read error. VMWare suggested it may be because of disk failing, so I took it seriously. The disk is ...
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How do I fix “bad sectors” in my hard drive? (chkdsk didn't work) [duplicate]

I'm trying to run Acronis True Image to backup my disk and get this error: I click ignore, my PC hangs for a while and then works normally and backup is completed. I have tried almost everything I ...
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Are hard disk's bad sectors filesystem dependent?

I was wondering where defective sectors are stored on the hard disk: - in a filesystem independent area, so that if the hard disk is formatted again with same/different filesystem they will show as ...
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Bad sectors in external HDD

I've had this external HDD for around 3 years give or take 6 months. For the last month or so, it was pretty slow but it worked. A few files couldn't be copied onto my system but files could be ...
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Write errors on USB pendrives will get reported?

In case there is a write error when writing to a USB pendrive (for example due to a bad sector), should the operating system give me a notice, an error message? And if there is no such error message, ...
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External HDD has corrupted NTFS, can't be mounted on windows. How can I fix it on linux? [duplicate]

I'm testing my friends external HDD, which can't be accessed on Windows 7 - it installs as USB device, but does not mount. On linux, SMART readings show, that the disk has too many bad sectors, but I ...
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Lowlevel format of SD card [duplicate]

My SD card is defect. I can see that some pictures are not correctly saved (can't be opened) and I can't take new pictures. If I want to format it in Windows (chosing fast or really) it cancels the ...
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Partition around bad drive sectors? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of hard drives with only a few bad (unrecoverable) sectors (as indicated by SMART). Of course the proper thing to do with a bad drive is replace it, as there's a good chance of the ...
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HD Tune last block not scanned

Why is it only on some HDDs and some Removable Devices do I have the last block in the Error Scan unchecked? Thanks
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is it safe to copy data from hard disk having bad sector

My one of the HDDs got lot of bad sectors. Thus it was responding very slow. I used HDDRegenerator and fixed/marked them. Now I am able to use data properly. Sometimes I feel that files take long ...
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What does a file system scan really do?

How do file system scans (like CHKDSK or fsck) really work? I know there are full applications with lots of options, but how do they scan for "bad" sectors? What are they doing when scanning? How do ...
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One Bad Sector on new HD

I've bought a new drive (Samsung 840 Pro SSD), and upon connecting it disk-utility is showing it as having one bad sector. Is that reasonable for a new disk, or should I return it? Thanks!
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I/O errors on pendrive - what may cause them? (maybe a bad sector)

When I use a pendrive with Ubuntu, it sometimes disconnects. I looked in syslog and I found I/O error, dev sdb, sector 31159048, so I suppose it's a bad sector. How can I fix it? Here's a full log of ...