Solved Is the hard drive still usable if it has bad sectors?

January 6, 2012 at 19:33:05
Specs: Windows XP
Is it safe to store my files?

I trying to format my hard disk but it's always getting stuck at 57%.
I already tried to fix the bad sectors using chkdsk but it's getting stuck also

the brand is Maxtor 6L080L0 80gb

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January 6, 2012 at 19:38:00
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I would buy a new hard dsik. Once a hard dsik starts showing bad sectors you can be sure there are more to follow. A single bad sector can render a file unusable.

A hard dsik has an area set aside by the manufacture for remapping bad sectors. This happens invisible to the user. Once the area is full then bad sectors start showing up.


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January 6, 2012 at 19:41:31
I wouldn't use it but there's a couple things you can try.

If it won't format past 57% then partition the drive so you're only using the first 50% and ignore the rest of the drive.

Also, you can check the link provided in # 15 here:

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January 6, 2012 at 20:23:31
You can use Seatools from Seagate to check the drive and see how much if any it can fix (Seagate purchased Maxtor a few years ago, the older drives were better though), but I would personally prefer to replace the drive as soon as possible (back up immediately to an external drive anything important).

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

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January 6, 2012 at 20:31:41
There won't be anything on it to back up since it is 57% through a format.

It's bricked. Ditch it and get a new drive.

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January 6, 2012 at 20:31:51
"Is it safe to store my files?"

No. Bad sectors suggest the drive is failing, and likely, more bad sectors will follow. Backup what you had before the format and replace the drive ASAP.

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January 7, 2012 at 01:04:27
Okay I'll get a new one then T_T

Thanks for the help guys :D

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