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November 26, 2014 at 01:37:55
Specs: Windows XP, 3.6 GHz / 4 GB
Which is the best way to fix bad sectors in an Adata NH-03 1 TB external hard disk?
Maxtor low level format program, hddguru, hdd regeneration or what?
Thank you!

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#1
November 26, 2014 at 06:29:49
Only one way to permanently fix the problem of bad sectors on a hard drive - - replace it.
Once bad sectors start to be reported they will gradually increase in number.

Software like HDAT or HDDGuru will appear to have got rid of them but that's just "smoke & mirrors" really because a bad sector is actually a damaged part of the hard disk platter, which means it's permanent and the hard disk is starting to fail.


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#2
November 26, 2014 at 07:42:10
In principle I agree with #1, although the HD on my XP had 3 bad sectors (fixed by chkdsk /f) and it was still running fine when retired after about 10 years. No more bad sectors were ever reported.

Just the same you would be well advised to back up in case you are not so lucky.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
November 26, 2014 at 19:43:42
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I agree from my observations, if there are only a few bad sectors and no others show up within a few months, then all should be fine but if there are a lot of bad sectors or there are recurring problems with them, then the drive needs to be replaced ASAP. Of course, a suitable back up of all data is really important since even a perfectly good drive can suddenly go bad and it does not need to be through dropping it, though those are common enough with portable drives.

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


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#4
November 26, 2014 at 22:58:05
Thank you all !

Till now I used only HDD Regenerator and indeed it was only "pretending" it regenerates bad sectors, in fact they reappered..
If you say the other ones are similar.. This is it.. Next time I'll buy a Western Digital or a Seagate..

Regarding what Derek said, it's probably related to the way the bad sectors appeared:
- in case of a singular event, like a power drop down, a kick, small drop, etc, the bad sectors might no reappear,
- in case of bad disk / mechanism, etc, if they started appearing, then.. the trend will continue..
I don't know.. I suppose..


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#5
November 27, 2014 at 06:51:45
We have three Adata portable drive in my family including two of their shock resistant 'armored' ones and all work fine so I have nothing against the brand. You just might have a bad drive. Chkdsk with the 'r' feature activated and Seatools from Seagate (download) can both repair sectors which means that they tell the drive not to use those segments. I am just saying that if there are many bad sectors or more of them appear after a relatively short time, then it would be best to replace the drive before it becomes a problem.
Of course, make sure that all files are also somewhere else aside from that particular drive in case it suddenly dies. It may save you a lot of grief.

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#6
November 27, 2014 at 15:15:09
Aah... Ok Fingers.. so you have a good experience with Adata..
For me is the first, I will wait and see if bad sectors will still appear..
If yes, next..
Thank you for the advice with Seatools, I' ll try it.. Chkdsk was the first I used..
As you mentioned, strategy is wait and see, as everything else seems futile..

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