I think my seagate hard disk has bad sectors .

Acer Aspire as5315-2826-vhb notebook
April 18, 2012 at 08:11:40
Specs: Windows xp, 1gb
How can I repair my seagate 160gb sata hard drive?
It is recognised in the bios of the acer 5315 when connected in the hard drive slot but won't install windows OS. When I removed it and put it into a hdd caddy, and plugged it into the usb of my acer netbook, it doesnt show up from ' computer' option.

I tried the seagate 'seatools' diagnostic running on my netbook with the hdd connected externally to the usb. The seatools scanned it and found the hdd. It failed the short test but passed the long test. Does the long test repair bad sectors?

Alternatively, would erasing the disk using seatools cure the bad sectors?

I am not concerned about data recovery. I just want the hard drive working again. Any ideas?

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April 18, 2012 at 08:58:40
SATA HDDs didn't go mainstream until after WinXP was released, therefore XP doesn't recognize SATA drives "out of the box". The following How-to will explain the methods that can be used to install XP to a SATA HDD:


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April 18, 2012 at 11:05:55

Text, talk, drive...CRASH.

Hang up and drive @#$%^^

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April 18, 2012 at 12:42:29
If Seatools failed the SDT then the SMART data on the drive is reporting a failure and the LDT found that all the blocks are good or it found bad blocks and was able to swap out the blocks with spares.

Common SMART errors are, relocation count, ECC errors, Seek errors, etc...

What you need to do is look at the smart data on the drive and see what is failing.

Download HD Tune and install it on your netbook and check your drive. Hopefully the SMART data will pass through your USB enclosure so that your can read it.

In HD Tune there will be a tab that says health, click on that and let us know what it says.

I don't want to get your hopes up with this because if I had a drive that failed the Short Disk Test I would never trust it again.

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