Hard Drive Damaged

January 19, 2009 at 08:41:10
Specs: Winxp, p-4, 1300 MHz - 2G ram
Hi. I have made a low-level analysis to a Western Digital 60GB with a software named "Unistal Disk Repair Analyser". Its Report says there are a bunch of bad sectors. A message says: "Bad sectors cannot be repaired".
My question is if these bad sectors WILL BE MARK by the Software like useless space on disk, so the operating system do not record data in these area.
Please somebody give me a light about.

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#1
January 19, 2009 at 08:59:55
Test your HDD with the WDC Data LifeGuard software to be sure...you probably should have used it in the 1st place.

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#2
January 19, 2009 at 09:03:55
Bad sectors need to be relocated to a special area set aside for that, but they cannot be marked as unuseable. When you have so many bad sectors that there is no longer anywhere to relocate them, the drive has to be replaced.

Even if it was possible to mark them as unuseable, it wouldn't be practical. When you have that many bad sectors the drive has very little time left.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#3
January 19, 2009 at 09:15:52
Sure, Iam, thanks... I first used the WDC Data LifeGuard software. This said that HDD have too many surface errors and stops with "error 0108, call for techical support", so I decide attempt repair with "Unistal Disk Repair Analyser", but I'm unsure if bad sectors are marked by that...

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#4
January 19, 2009 at 09:41:13
The HDD is shot, give it up.

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#5
January 19, 2009 at 10:03:04
O.K., understood. Thanks a lot to all for advices.

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#6
January 19, 2009 at 11:14:01
Any time new bad sectors start showing up, you should immediately make sure that all your backups are up to date (you do regular backups, right?) and then replace the drive.

For what it's worth to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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