Using HDD that have many bad sectors

Gateway / W3400
February 10, 2010 at 04:34:53
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon 3000+/2 GB RAM
Hi, I ordered 2 hard drives from Newegg a few months ago. I installed one back then and now I went to install the second one and Windows wouldn't install properly. I tried and tried. I finally did the "chkdsk" thing as a slave in another computer and there are many bad sectors (or whatever).

The return policy was 30 days, I am out of luck, but is there a way to use this drive as a slave?

Can I somehow format it in a way that tells Windows to avoid the bad sectors?

I realize there is a risk of more of the drive failing, but for now I am curious about isolating the bad sectors in a way Windows will avoid them.

Thank you


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#1
February 10, 2010 at 04:50:04
If it's brand new and it's bad, it will only get worse. I wouldn't trust it.

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#2
February 10, 2010 at 04:59:34
It would have been nice to know the make/model & interface (IDE/PATA or SATA) of these HDDs.

You may only have a 30-day return policy thru newegg but you should have either a 1, 3, or 5-yr warranty from the manufacturer. Even if it's recertified you should have at least 90-days. Go the the manufacturer's website & start the RMA process.

"I finally did the "chkdsk" thing as a slave in another computer and there are many bad sectors (or whatever)"

I didn't know you could run chkdsk on a blank HDD. And what is this "whatever" that you mentioned?

What you need to do is disconnect the working HDD & install the "bad" HDD as the master. Get a copy of the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic software, boot off it & run the tests. If it comes up clean, use the software to partition & format the HDD, then go ahead & use it.


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#3
February 10, 2010 at 05:57:34
Well, like I said, I had tried installing Windows 3 or 4 times before I plugged it in as a slave on another PC to see what was going on with it. So as far as being "blank"... it wasn't... it had a non-working OS on it.

Seagate brand... IDE interface.
Sorry, didn't think that made a difference as to whether or not I could format these bad sectors out.

As for the "whatever"... I just meant I don't remember the verbage when the disk check was finished, other than bad sectors. I'm asking this a month after testing it.

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"What you need to do is disconnect the working HDD & install the "bad" HDD as the master. Get a copy of the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic software, boot off it & run the tests. If it comes up clean, use the software to partition & format the HDD, then go ahead & use it."
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Thank you for that advice. I will definitely try that.
I will have to find the tool online since the HDDs came in bubble wrap from Newegg, with no floppy software.


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February 10, 2010 at 09:53:14
Thank you very much!

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