Solved How many bad sectors are dangerous?

February 17, 2018 at 14:51:21
Specs: Windows 10 Pro x64, 2.793 GHz / 4096 MB
My hard drive (WD 250GB) has 2 bad sectors. Should I be worried? The hard drive is a few years old and showed 1 bad sector 2 months ago and now it is showing 2 bad sectors. I have scanned through EaseUS Parition Manager as well as a few others and all show 2 bad sectors and 98% health. CrystalDiskCheck shows Current Pending Sector Count: 2 and Uncorrectable Sector Count: 4 and shows Caution in health.

Should I be worried because of a few bad sectors?

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#1
February 17, 2018 at 15:34:17
"Should I be worried because of a few bad sectors?"
Prepare another drive now, the drive may fail completely without warning.

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#2
February 17, 2018 at 21:19:28
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Western Digital offers a free version of Acronis to any computer that has at least one WD drive installed. With this software you can easily clone your drive over to a new hard drive or SSD drive.
Yes, I also recommend replacing the hard drive when after a second month there is a second sector problem. You should be able to get a new WD drive 500GB to 1TB for about $40. US, their Black seried HD for a few dollars more, and a SATA SSD drive about 250GB for a little bit over that (though smaller capacity than the hard drive).

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February 18, 2018 at 10:44:59
getting the drive is no problem. I was just putting it off because I didn't want to install Windows all over and my programs. The reason I haven't moved to an SSD. I just kept on using and putting off getting a new drive. I'll try the cloning you guys mentioned if it will prepare the other drive exactly the same way I won't have to manually install anything on it and move to another one then

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#4
February 18, 2018 at 15:54:59
That is exactly what it does as long as the drive is currently working. Once it dies then you are truly stuck.
If switching to an SSD drive there are a few settings to optimize it for it but they can be done after it is running. Make sure that you clone the entire drive so it carries over the boot sector at the same time as the primary partition.
If your install is Windows 7 here are optimization tips that include many for SSD's (all may not be necessary but they are noted which are important).

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#5
February 19, 2018 at 02:03:25
Running Windows 10 Pro. The last time I installed Windows was when Windows 8 came out. That got upgraded to Windows 8.1 and then got upgraded to 10 with the free upgrade. It's just one whole parition with the OS and different programs on it. No personal data. It's just that installing Windows all over and programs and the updates takes HOURS so never really changed the disk. lol. Thanks a lot for the time and the help. Already downloaded te software and ordered a SanDisk SSD. Just waiting for it to arrive.

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#6
February 19, 2018 at 11:03:48
Good, should work out fine.

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