Dropped laptop HDD has Bad cluster OK to use?

Sony / Bz11
March 17, 2010 at 06:43:44
Specs: Windows Xp
Hi my Sony VAIO BZ laptop (downgraded to XP) fell from my desk and ever since it has occasionally froze when I use certain files, with a few instances of the Blue Screen. But 95% of the time it's okay. I think certain bits of the drive is damaged, but I can still run my audio programs (Cubase). Is it safe to continue recording new audio files on this laptop? Maybe some of the old files are damaged but can I assume new files will be okay?

Elizabeth x

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March 17, 2010 at 11:37:30
Heed what StuartS told you below in your duplicate post deleted by the mods ...

I wouldn't be at all confident in a hard disk that had been dropped and was showing bad cluster. You might get lucky and be fine, but on the other hand it could turn around and bite you.

Make sure you have backups of any important files as it is likely to fail when you least expect it to.


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March 17, 2010 at 11:46:50
"can I assume new files will be okay?"

It depends, but I suggest that you save everything that you can right away and replace the drive.

It sounds like one of the platters was damaged. If some of the platter surface was scraped off and is floating around in the drive, that can be very bad. It is likely to get caught in between another head and another place on one of the platters. This can cause more damage and pretty soon you have a massive failure.

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March 18, 2010 at 04:38:03
Thanks guys. Someone told me to run Windows Error Checking so I did that (ticking both boxes) and even after 24 hours it still at 35% so I stopped it. My laptop is 200gb. Though the laptop has been running fine since I did it with no crashes or freezes...

If I replace my hard drive where should I look to find instructions? It's a Sony Vaio BZ series, and maybe I'll get a 7200rpm drive this time.

thanks again,
Elizabeth x

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March 19, 2010 at 17:03:52
Replacing a hard drive:

I suggest getting a 5400 drive for a laptop, they create less heat.

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