Solved bad sectors newly formed

May 17, 2012 at 02:49:41
Specs: Windows XP
scandisk mapped out and marked a few bad sectors in my hard drive (less than 7). my question is will other parts of the drive be corrupted as well? how long and what causes bad sectors?

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May 17, 2012 at 03:06:46
You need to be prepared to replace the hard drive, but first download the Drive Fitness Software from the Hard drive Manufacturer, as this will give an accurate diagnosis of the integrity of the drive.

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....

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May 17, 2012 at 03:41:56
Agree. Also make sure that you have a current back up.... Just in case.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 17, 2012 at 03:52:56
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I agree, you hard disk is in the way out and will soon need to be replaced.

Modern hard disk have an area set aside by the manufactures to automatically remap bad sectors when they occur. This happens invisible to the user. Once this area is full, then any more bad sectors need to be excluded by an external application like scan-disk.

So even though scan-disk has identified 7 bad sectors there are others that you don't know about and once bad sectors start appearing, you can be sure there will be more to follow.

Bad sectors are caused by the deterioration of the magnetic coating of the hard disk with time. It will happen with all hard disk eventually is something else doesn't kill them like a worn drive spindle or a failed voice coil. It is the voice coil that controls the head movement.

Time to go shopping.


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