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Windows 7: HDD Bad Sectors

18 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (32 bit)
HDD Bad Sectors


I have a 1 Tb Hitachi HDD as seen in the picture. I was wondering how can i remap the bad sectors into a new partition and then hide it.
I've been said that it doesn't have much to live anymore.

Thank you.

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18 Aug 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate


Not sure it will help, have a look at Option Two of this tutorial linked below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7

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18 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

The bad sectors would have to be somewhat contiguos in area for them to be partitioned off, if they're scattered all over the disk it would be useless. You would need to have a bad sector map of the entire hard disk, then partition usable space above and below and test and retest. I'm not sure exactly which tool can do the location mapping reliably, see if the Hitachi hard disk diagnostic tool helps.

But theres no guarantee that the bad sectors will not keep cascading, SMART drives do a decent job of remapping sectors anyway. Also theres no one to one correlation between reallocated sector count and hard disk failure, the reliability of SMART data is also not foolproof.

Suggest you back up your data to external media or a good drive and be prepared to replace this disk.
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18 Aug 2011   #4
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hitachi Drive Fitness Test
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18 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 (32 bit)

Well, i had ran the Hitachi DFT a few weeks before but it didn't help me much. It looks like i will have to replace it or at least keep it until it drops dead. Until now it has almost 4000h of up-time.

Thanks for your help.
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18 Aug 2011   #6
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

You could also try Seagate SeaTools, it works on many other brands.
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18 Aug 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

I would replace this disk as long as you are still able to get the data off. You can still leave it in the box for "non-essential" data. That way you do not loose much the day it drops dead. Here is a good selection at reasonable prices: - Computer Hardware, Hard Drives, Internal Hard Drives, 1TB and higher
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