Ignore Bad Blocks

March 24, 2008 at 16:02:32
Specs: XP, ???

My Hard Drive has couple of bad blocks EVERYWHERE!!! Is there a way of programming my hard drive to skip over them while reading the partition? I don't care if that reduces my disk space, I rarely even use 80 gigs, I just want the master boot record to skip over all the bad blocks it detects. How do I do that? What software do I need to do this? Assume that I formatted the drive and I am ready to reinstall Windows.

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#1
March 24, 2008 at 16:12:41

Your harddrive is dying and you should replace it. By the time you know about this issue there have already been blocks replaced by spares. Continuing to use the drive is just going to cause you alot of grief.

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#2
March 24, 2008 at 16:20:15

20 GB for 40 dollars, 40 GB for 44 dollars and 80 GB for 50 dollars is not worth it. Buying a faulty 40-80 GB Hard Drive for 10 dollars is not worth it either.

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#3
March 24, 2008 at 16:46:34

I don't get the point of your #2 response.

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#4
March 24, 2008 at 16:52:14

Your complaining about the price of hard drives is pointless - new ones have never been cheaper.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

If it fails the short or long test, or if either test quits because SMART has been tripped, the drive is definately failing and will be useless and/or not boot at all in a short time. Also, some tests will quit when they encounter over a certain number of bad sectors - e.g. 100 - because there's no point in testing further - the drive is definately dying.


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#5
March 24, 2008 at 17:02:35

is there a 20 gb hard drive for 10 dollars or a 40 gb hard drive for 20 dollars and NOT 40 dollars for small drives? 80 gb should be about 30 dollars and not the same price as 20 gb which is like 40 dollars.

the point is that, hard drives should not be at least 40 dollars, they should be less than that, especially when they are the ones that are faulty and defect all the time.

anyways thanks for the answers, i may consider replacing my hard drive.

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#6
March 24, 2008 at 17:10:25

i seam to think you need to run chkdisk on the drive. your going to have to google it cos i cant remember. that will scan the disk and any bad blocks will be marked as un usable. since its on the c drive you need to set it to start on reboot. might take a long time too then it will come across the bad sectors and will ask if you want to fix it.

as for the state of your disk. it might be on the way out it might not. id back every thing up and prepare for the worst. but i have see a disk full of bad blocks be revived with a simple low level format(erase and start a fresh thought). i think it all depends on what created the bad blocks.

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl


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#7
March 24, 2008 at 17:23:29

oh okay, do you think i should boot windows setup and then from there do a full format to my hard disk and then reinstall windows?

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#8
March 24, 2008 at 19:03:40

I normally don't recommend Ebay but you should be able to get a 200 gig new in box for around $40.00. You need to be patient as the good deals are are far and few between but they are usually listed as Buy it Now.

I don't suggest used ones unless you are buying lots of 10 or more.

I guess I am picky.... just one bad sector and it's out of here.

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#9
March 24, 2008 at 19:22:12

Kay Tee

If you currently have an 80GB or less there is a good chance your system can't handle a drive larger than 127GB. Buying used drive is just inviting faster drive failure. Arial density is high enough for the platter media that the smallest new drives are like 80GB. They aren't that expensive.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#10
March 24, 2008 at 20:15:17

"oh okay, do you think i should boot windows setup and then from there do a full format to my hard disk and then reinstall windows?"

Test the drive with the diagnostics first.
If it completes both the short and longer tests but bad sectors are found, there are things you can try, but the likelyhood is more bad sectors will appear in a short time and you will have to get a good drive anyway.
If the drive fails any of the tests anything else is a waste of time, and you need to get a good drive as soon as possible, if you want to be able to copy the maximum data you don't want to lose from the old drive to the new one. Don't copy the whole partition or the whole drive - that will copy the locations of bad sectors on the old drive to the new one and you can't easily get rid of the falsely marked bad sectors without wiping out the partition contents and starting over.
........

It would help if you could supply the make and model of your brand name system computer or of the mboard of a generic system.

Start - Run - type: msinfo32 (click OK)

What does it say in the right pane.....

System Name:
System Model:
System Type:
....

RIGHT click on My Computer.
select Properties.
what does it say on the first thing you see lower on the page under Computer:


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#11
March 25, 2008 at 02:33:28

ok my advice is do the chkdisk it will map the bad sectors as unusable and recover any data that it can. you cant copy bad sectors and trying to figuire out what where the sectors are is all but imposible.
so after that back up the data.
then in 6 months cheak again if there is any bad sectors then the disk is diying. if so get new disk.

before you do that if disk is more than 5 years old then you need a new disk.
if its a laptop disk then you need a new disk.laptop disks rarly get bad sectors for no reason. this is due to trhe fact they are never level and run hot

as for the diagnostic if it uses smart then it might be false. smart is a sort of counter so the same fault can be counted a 100 times then fixed but it will still flag an error becuase the counter always goes up and never resets.

all text needs typos. There there for the reader to find,to distract them from the total lack of content.
google it! wasnt the answer to the question i asked so dont be dense and give me that repl


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#12
March 25, 2008 at 10:46:10

The long diagnostic tests I've seen don't use SMART, and it's the long test that quits at 100 errors (e.g. SeaTools).

SMART is deliberately "dumbed down" to not show you minor errors that would make any particular drive look bad when it is actually still usable. If the test says SMART has been tripped there's something major wrong with the drive.


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