I was divided on whether to post in hardware or software, but since I'm more concerned about hardware, I chose to post here.
I decided to use a backup image to create a windows 7 partition on another drive, to see if the original hard drive might be a factor in some issues that I have been trying to resolve. However, after the backup had been running for a while, it popped an error saying that a read error had occurred and that the backup had aborted.
The phraseology of the error was not clear to me as to the root cause, so I booted back into W7 and ran HD Tune on the suspect drive (screenshot below). As can be seen, it does have a bad block, but it is at nearly the end of the drive, well outside of the 100GB partition that it was working on.
Is it possible that bad block could have effected the backup? Any opinions about whether the error was the result of the software or hardware?