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Use this tag when referring to bad sectors on a hard drive. This is similar to bad clusters or bad blocks. Suggested use is for questions about possible failure of a HDD.

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How to delete fake bad sectors from hard disk?

I have a portable 5TB HDD. I was downloading data on it and it was 3/4 (or so, almost full) full with documents. I did chkdsk /f /v /r /x just to check it. It was shown to be perfect in HDD Sentinel ...
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Lock a file in hard drive sector from accessing by any process

I have C5 Current Pending Sector Count is 1 on my HDD after writing on it. I found the file in that bad sector (a folder hash computing with 7zip just stopped on that file). Then I moved the file to a ...
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Ubuntu stucked on splash screen (Can't able to enter on user/password, desktop screen)

I am stuck on how to load completely the OS and the login/password screen, the PC stops on the Ubuntu black screen and stuck on it: This is the situation from my HDD in GParted, which seems that ...
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Can bad sectors in hard drive really cause data loss?

I have a computer which is almost 10 years old now. It uses a hard disk which is also almost 10 years old. Recently I had installed a software called 'Hard Disk Sentinel' which checks the health of ...
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Any way to bypass/restore HDD sector count [duplicate]

I have a WDBU6Y0020BBK external hard disk which recently died for no apparent reason. It was making no strange noises, had no reported SMART issues last time I checked, and wasn't even that old. ...
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CrystalDiskInfo Caution Error

I have checked my external HDD using Crystaldiskinfo.After I copied some files to the HDD Reallocated sectors count increased to 3360 from 3352 in Raw Values sector.What does this means? Should I buy ...
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How to detect bad sectors in low use drives?

I have many Linux machines. Those are dedicated servers in data centers (Hetzner for example). There are some very old files that are never accessed by any process in the system. I periodically test ...
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HDD SMART Recovery [duplicate]

I am performing data recovery on a HDD that has SMART failure. I need to get all the data copied off this disk. The disk contains a Windows C partition, that is all. I have many softwares and external ...
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How to remove bad sectors from SSD disk, format, create partitions and install win 10

Upgraded my disk to a new SSD but seem to have screwed it by not realising that my Dell desktop Vostro was only a MBR bios and I tried to create a GPT system partition. Now after many and varied ...
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chkdsk on external hard drive stucks at level 4

Running chkdsk g: /f /r on my 1 TB external hard drive with NTFS file format stucks at level 4. I let it run for 24 hours but there is no progress. I tried to make a backup of its content but at a ...
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How should i deal with sector errors if i want to clone HDD to SSD?

I recently purchased a Samsung 870 EVO SSD that is going to replace my Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD as my main drive. My intention was to simply clone the drive using Macrium Reflect but i got this error ...
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Should I replace my SSD when it has 8 KB of bad sectors?

I have 8 KB in bad sectors. When I first found it I didn't do anything about it and checked 2 months later, but the number hasn't gone up, it remains 8 KB. Free space verification is complete. Windows ...
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solid state disk some random files corrupted; how to prevent in simple terms

Please see What happens in a raid (5) when one drive or more gets a bad sector?. I have a few .jpg files (and much more serious data). Some of the .jpg files become corrupted. I can tell because ...
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RAID 5 bad sector / read error when rebuilding

Say I have a RAID 5 (Windows parity storage pool) and one drive fails. I will plug in a new one and start rebuilding. There are many people saying that if one of the remaining drives has a read ...
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Is it possible to check for bad sectors (read error) for a disk with unknown partitions?

Windows shows that the partition style is GPT, but of course, it does not recognise the partitions because it has Linux partitions. In this case, can I check the disk for physical read errors? I mean ...
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Does the information about bad sectors provided by S.M.A.R.T. and badblocks survive formatting? [closed]

I have read many questions and answers on SuperUser, ServerFault, and other websites about this topic, but I am still a little bit confused about S.M.A.R.T. and badblocks. I saw that S.M.A.R.T. stores ...
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Temperature threshold CrystalDiskInfo value

Could you please help me get understand what this value (C2 Temperature Threshold 70) means and do I have to worry about ssd or do i need to replace? :
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CrystalDiskinfo "Caution" on WDC Black HDD

Crystal Disk Info on one of my WDC Black shows Caution like on screen: The disk is empty, data from it was transferred elsewhere. So data loss is not a problem. tl;dr - can I still use this disk for ...
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To seperate one badblocks test on entire drive to multiple tests, Is that good idea to create temp partitions and test on them?

I would like to run badblocks on one entire hard drive (8TB). For example: $ sudo badblocks -wsv /dev/sdb But, this will take days to complete. For some reasons, I can not leave the test PC on for ...
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Is `badblocks` meaningful on compact flash cards?

I own ten (10) compact flash cards. The cards are industrial high quality ones. Because of some random system crashes I checked all 10 cards using badblocks: sudo badblocks -w -s -o badblocks-card1....
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Can an external hard drive damage an internal hard drive?

I have an external hard drive of 2TB that accidentally felled and it wasn't showing data on my laptop. I searched to find out if its a hardware damage then I found out that pc is detecting an external ...
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Is it normal that Quick S.M.A.R.T test fails after successful repair?

I have two HDD WD7500BPKT and testing them using WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows . Both of them had bad sectors. Both were successfully "repaired" (with WD Data Lifeguard proposed ...
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An hard drive that is not always detected - and 912 bad sectors. Replace?

I have an HDD on a Dell Inspiron 15-3521 computer. When I try to boot windows 10 on that computer, there is only a blank screen with blinking cursor. I checked the S.M.A.R.T results, and it turns out ...
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CHKDSK: "A disk read error occurredc0000010" on external USB HDD 3.0

I have a external HDD toshiba hdtb310xk3aa (1TB), and I have used it for a couple of years as storage for a Xbox One (Xbox HDD format), but from a couple of months I formatted it to NTFS to used it in ...
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When a HDD has bad sectors, are files that don't show up any errors at reading in good state?

Well, I am dealing with an HDD with some unreallocated bad sectors for the 2nd time (the first time was a dying HDD, but now this other HDD is just one with "caution" state according to ...
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What Runtime_Bad_Block mean in SMART Attributes? How critical is it?

My SSD has the following SMART Attribute Pre-fail. What does that mean and how critical is it? 183 Runtime_Bad_Block 0x0013 098 001 010 Pre-fail Always In_the_past 60
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How to move G-List bad sectors into P-List and reassign LBA

I have an HDD with 10319 bad sectors(reallocated sectors), this is the SMART information of the drive; There are 3097029168 sectors, bad sectors/total sectors is 0.00000333190274945450562188570256307, ...
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Can a disk with bad sectors be trusted after the bad sectors are fixed?

I had a Seagate Expansion 2TB(1,862.64514923095703125GiB) external HDD, about a week and half ago my computer freezes at random intervals, it becomes completely irresponsive to keyboard and mouse ...
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HDD & bad sectors, how are they handled? [duplicate]

Currently, I have 2 Seagate HDDs that are bad and I want to know how the Seatools, or another application, deal with these bad sectors. As far as I know, bad sectors are some tiny sectors of the disk ...
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Bad sectors on brand new NVMe SSD's

At work I have roughly 50 brand new Dell Optiplex 7070's with LiteOn SSD's that were loaded with a custom Windows 10 image using Acronis Cyber Backup 12.5. A few weeks after imaging, ~30 of these PC's ...
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NTFS-SSD: Testing: Write data to use whole disk Linux - overflow

I want to test the reliability of harddrives (mostly SSD) to check when they break down. (I think this question fits best on Superuser instead of stackoverflow or server fault.) I know there are tools ...
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Shrinking hard drive due to bad sectors

I've got a 3TB Western Digital hard drive. It's pretty old, but one day, he suddenly stopped reading the files and he was slowing down the whole PC. I decided to completely format that drive, and you ...
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What is the difference between a bad block and a bad sector?

In a couple of resources I encountered the terms "bad sector" and "bad block" when referring to corrupted areas at hard disks, which do not seem to be very different. I thought ...
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Does a "Full Format" on a modern Windows system really check for bad sectors?

First things first: I know I could use CHKDSK or any other third-party tool to detect bad sectors but this question is especially dedicated to whether a "Full Format" on modern Windows ...
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Was my HDD with failed SMART really repaired?

In brief: I want to know if an HDD with failed SMART can be repaired by any means, and if so, is it still reliable enough. In details: I have a 4 years old 1TB Western Digital HDD (WD10JPVX-08JC3T6) ...
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Can I fix Reallocated Sectors Count and Current Pending Sector Count?

I have problem(Caution) with Reallocated Sectors Count and Current Pending Sector Count. I detected this problem after running CrystalDiskInfo, knowing that Iam using hp laptop running windows10. Any ...
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Error wiping device: Failed to probe the device 'dev/-sdb' (udisks-error-quark, 0)

My Hard disk was totally fine since I tried to format it using the 'ATA Enhanced Secure Erase' option on gnome disk utility. Now I can not formate or use it. Every time I try to format it this error ...
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Why is a hard drive with no remaining spare sectors considered "broken"?

This is more of a theoretical question than a practical one. I am aware that in most (all?) cases, when a hard drive displays signs of trouble then the rational thing to do is to replace it. From what ...
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HDAT2 Bad sector fix performs so freaking long

I have old laptop with os boot related issue. It wasn't booting previously installed windows 10 so I decided to install Linux Mint 20 instead. But something went wrong. I've got I/O error at /dev/sda ...
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Can I continue using a partially corrupt hard drive by stripping out the bad sectors?

I have a hard disk which started failing. I tested the hard disk using the in-build hardware diagnostic tool which the Dell laptop shipped with and it told me it has bad sectors. So, I understand that ...
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Diagnosing HDD performance

I have a 2.5 inch HDD for that was bought new about a year ago and connected to a Raspberry Pi 4 to act as a NAS. The HDD (a WD Blue WD10SPZX, 1TB, 5400rpm, SATA 3) is housed in an USB 2.0 aluminum ...
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Do bad clusters on modern (as of 2020) SSD indicate hardware failure?

I've got a Samsung 970 Evo 2TB SSD that has been working perfectly for a year and a half, under a mostly-read load. Recently, while updating Windows to the 2004 release, the OS got stuck in the ...
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How to fix external hard drive sectors?

Whenever I insert my external hard drive into my laptop I get an error message: 'there is a problem with this drive'. I have used EaseUS partition manager and identified that the first sector is ...
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Is a sector number determined forever?

If 'alpha' was a physical place on HDD occupying 1000th sector once, is 'alpha' a place on HDD occupyig 1000th sector forever? Forever means regardless of 'got bad sectors, low format, reset S.M.A....
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How to fix weak/bad sectors (Pending sector count:2812-S.M.A.R.T attribute 1TB HP p3100 ext hd) due to read/write CRC error?

I have tried a plethora of software HD sentinel,HDD regenerator,HD tune pro,Victoria,HDD scan,Spinrite,Low level format tool,chkdsk,windows full format and virtually every other software possible but ...
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Can't install windows 8.1 - setup stucked

Recently I got a desktop with a hard disk Toshiba 500GB which has windows 7 installed on it. When turning on the computer, windows logo appears and it does not go beyond that. After about 30 minutes ...
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At what point should a HDD be replaced?

I am getting a warning for pending sector count and shrinking the partition to create a second one failed several times. There are no visible signs beside that. chkdsk didn't change anything. Should I ...
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How to recover soft bad sectors

How to get rid of soft bad sectors obtained from cloning a faulty disc? I have a EFI HDD with some bad sectors from a DELL computer. It's been causing headache for quite some time. So want to replace ...
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Recovering from "failure reading sector"

When I boot up my laptop (with only opensuse installed, no other OS on it), I'm greeted with error: failure reading sector 0x802 from 'hd0'. and get put into GRUB rescue prompt. I used the original ...
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Defective SD card or not? CHKDSK contradicts itself in scan report [duplicate]

Scans of a SD card in Windows PC lead to chains of clusters with similar numbers. Does this point to decfective SD card rather than to other possible causes (bad card reader, problems with flashcard ...
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