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Is it really possible to repair bad sectors?

This problem has lasted for the past 48 hours. The first time it happened, a program I was running stopped responding, so I tried to end it from task manager. The processes at first were listed fine until hovered upon. Eventually, despite the mouse still being able to move, after a few persisting clicks the mouse finally stopped moving. The screen went blank shortly thereafter.

The second time it occurred, items on the screen stopped responding - hovering over the taskbar or such wouldn't elicit a response. Sound would still play however. Eventually, the mouse became unresponsive and the system restarted itself.

I suspect that it may be a problem of my SSD drive. After looking through some Google search results, I downloaded HDTunePro to determine if there's a problem with the drive. Results returned a problem of reallocated sector count. An error scan also revealed 48 bad sectors.

Also, an attempt to backup the contents of the most important areas of the drive returned a few explorer "Error: cannot read source from disk" errors.

Should I ditch the drive and use another drive or is there anything that can be done to repair the drive?

SSD: OCZ Petrol 64gb CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 RAM: Generic 3GB DDR2 Motherboard: Gigabyte MA74GM-S2H OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64


  • The error is probably that you're out of reallocatable sector space, so any further bad sectors will just remain 'bad' and not be reallocated. Short form: it's bad, replace it. – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 8 '12 at 15:32

I would replace the SSD and use a partion tool to recover and copy the partion and data to a HDD. I believe your assumtion correct that the SSD is the point of your issue and you may find that the realocated sector count will begin to grow.

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