Questions tagged [bad-sectors]

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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Save files from HDD with bad sectors [duplicate]

My internal HDD has bad sectors and I can't access to 1 part of 3. It's really slow and it usually don't let me to copy data. I'm searching for softwares to fix this and save my files. What do you ...
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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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Does Diskpart clean all function same as low level format?

As I know that we can fix disk bad sectors by official softwares and low level format tools. Now my question is could I use Diskpart clean all command to fix bad sectors ??? I mean will disk write G ...
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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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HDD. How sector, block, cluster related to each other? [duplicate]

I want to buy HDD and External Hard Drive Enclosure. I will connect it to computer via USB. I will write on this HDD system backups, current sound work files backups, sound work files archive. I run ...
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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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Restore Sector-Based Image (FFU) on targets containing Bad-Sectors

I have captured a Full-Flash-Update image using DISM from a source drive. Consider the following conditions for the target drive: It is a NAND-Flash-based storage It has equal or more healthy sectors ...
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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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Strange HDDSCAN results, consecutive bad blocks

I'm doing VR-Verify; All bads are consecutive, starting at around ~20-22%, and the percentage hasn't moved for the whole duration of bad blocks. HDD was quite slow lately, especially on boot, could ...
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How likely is the last block of a drive to be a bad sector?

This is a follow-up question to this one, where zeroing the disk with dd would give me an error towards the very end of the drive. I then set about trying to determine whether this was a bad sector, ...
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Advice on replacing hard disk with bad sectors

So recently my I encountered an event 11 atapi error in my event viewer. It says The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort0. I am running Win 7 SP1. This all started after I ...
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Strange SSD issues, need asssistance please

So for some reason my boot drive ssd just kinda seemed to have broke. I went to shut down and the system froze during shut down, had to hard restart. When I did the label on my ssd changed from ...
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How to backup data to stand up bad sectors?

I use Windows. A year ago, I backuped my D: disk (500 GB) with Macrium Reflect (it stores file in its own format mrimg, similarly to DriveImageXML stores .xml) to external HDD. I don't remember if i'...
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How to correctly parititon a drive after a gddrescue with different physical sector size

Alright so I have been thinking about upgrading to an SSD for a while now, since my HDD was old as hell and was already getting some uncorrectable sectors as the replacement sectors were already ...
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How to scan boot/system drive for bad sectors on Ubuntu machine?

My workstation, an Ubuntu v14.04 (Trusty) machine, has two system boot options. I can run Windows (for protools and music recording), but more often I boot up into Ubuntu for software development work....
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How to prevent bad sectors?

I used to have bad sectors on my SSD about one month ago. I had fixed them through performing one level of zero formatting. However, after few days, when I was rechecking, I have found bad sectors ...
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SSD - Disk is OK, one bad sector

The make is Crucial MX500 2.5-INCH SSD 250GB, I bought it a half year ago and so far it works flawlessly, fine quality piece of hardware I must say. My laptop is w/o battery and I guess sometimes I ...
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How to avoid data loss due to disk bad sectors?

As the title says, I am concerning about, how can we avoid data loss due to harddisk (either mechanical HDD or SSD) bad sectors. \ More information \ Question is well defined. Question ends here. ...
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Input/Output error on external hard drive and bad sectors

While accessing my exFAT external hard from the TV to watch some videos, I noticed that there was a particular folder on it that would make everything crash if I'd try to open it. So, I plugged the ...
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How to add bad sectors on dvd video disks

I'm looking for a way to add bad sectors into a video DVD (and it can still be playable on home DVD players), or a manual way using multiple softwares or using Hex editors etc. I know a lot (not ...
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Clone hdd with a few bad sectors

I want to clone my hdd before it dies. I have narrowed down the bad sectors to a very small area. It is small but has caused a lot of problems from time to time. When I try to clone, it gets hung up ...
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Reallocated sector count high and increasing

I have an old Western Digital HDD which started getting some bad sectors by a bad SATA cable, after replacing the cable I tried to fill the disk with zeroes using dd utility but it kept returning I/O ...
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Bad Sector: Do I need to replace my hard disk?

Recently my computer started to behave strangely. It hangs or stops responding suddenly, some known and unknown programs (system applications I think, and others too) starts shutting down all of a ...
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Detecting bad blocks/ sectors on modern (spinning) drives and script to monitor SMART info

I'm currently scanning a number of old drives to detect errors. If you google detecting bad sectors on a mechanical spinning disk (rather than ssd) you'll usually come across: windows chkdsk/r ...
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Why is PhotoRec taking so long and claiming it will take 480,000+ hours to complete pass 1?

So I've got a 3TB hard disk with bad sectors attached to my MacBook Pro 2015 via a USB 3.0 to SATA adapter from Unitek. I'm trying to run PhotoRec (a part of the TestDisk suite) with maybe 10 common ...

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