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Windows 7: HDD issue, how to block off specific areas from use?

15 Aug 2012   #1
vpwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
HDD issue, how to block off specific areas from use?

I made a post awhile back about a HDD making clicks, as though the arm was resetting. Occasionally while accessing files explorer freezes. I however noticed this has (so far) only occurred at a specific point of disk usage.

I'm hoping I can some how amputate the bad section of the drive so it is never read or written to, or even seen for that matter. There are no disk errors in a scan, so I just want to cut a chunk out of it and hope for the best. Is there a safe way to do this?


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15 Aug 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post
I'm hoping I can some how amputate the bad section of the drive so it is never read or written to
Hi,

Try a chkdsk /R from an elevated command prompt to "lock-down" bad sectors.

Regards,
Golden
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15 Aug 2012   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm in the firm belief that once a hard drive is making unusual mechanical sounds it's time to replace it before it quiets. By the way you don't list your hard drive in your specs.
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15 Aug 2012   #4
vpwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
I'm in the firm belief that once a hard drive is making unusual mechanical sounds it's time to replace it before it quiets. By the way you don't list your hard drive in your specs.
Not interested in replacing a storage drive I barely got to begin use of. It started being funny just outside the newegg return policy. I know I can ship it to the makers for the factory warranty but honestly even shipping is more money I don't want to spend at the moment.

Item: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Will try the elevated chkdsk, thanks.
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15 Aug 2012   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well now would be a good time to make a complete backup just in case.
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15 Aug 2012   #6
vpwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Well now would be a good time to make a complete backup just in case.
First thing I did haha. No bad sectors found though, probably mechanical. Going to try to partition it before yelling at Seagate.
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15 Aug 2012   #7
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

If you don't want to replace it, then you might as well write it off (no pun intended) - it will probably be more trouble than it is worth,
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19 Aug 2012   #8
vpwin7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I partitioned the first 220GB and basically set it aside. I've filled quite a bit on the remainder as a test, seems okay -SO FAR-
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