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Windows 7: Any software for removing bad sector

11 Jul 2014   #1
navin007

windows7
 
 
Any software for removing bad sector

Hello Friends,
I have 3 hdd two sata 1 ide all three of them cannot install any windows accept winxp and cannot install Microsoft office 2007 or further so when the troubleshooting process started it came out through a seatools cd of Seagate website downloaded for Seagate hdd I ran it and got that it detected a badsector after the last 90% scan so I need a software or steps through which I can repair it .


please help me


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11 Jul 2014   #2
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Sector failures are hardware related -- and despite what may read, software can NOT repair hardware failures.
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11 Jul 2014   #3
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

I agree with "Mark Phelps". I have just ditched a 2TB HDD.
How old are your discs ? I made the mistake of recycling a very old HDD into a near new rig.
... BUT ...
I have been looking at "Spinrite", not yet downloaded because it is not cheap about us$90. Unfortunately no trial version. But many users swear by it.

I am still in investigation/homework stage ... so far downloaded the MP3 tutorials 54mb
https://www.grc.com/sr/themovie.htm
https://www.grc.com/sr/faq.htm
Using "duck" search engine finds best results:- https://duckduckgo.com/?q=spinrite&kaa=p
- (the kaa=p parameter ensures visited links are colored)

Hope this is of some help
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12 Jul 2014   #4
navin007

windows7
 
 

the 3 of the hdd are too old and 2 of them I found in junk area but they are at present been used as extra drive but not for installation here our company is not ready to buy any hdd because our company doesn't have any fund to expence on so they have told me that you manage now it is with the IT manager and I have to repair it
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12 Jul 2014   #5
bawldiggle

XP/7x32 & x64/8x64/8.1x64
 
 

Hi navin007

Sounds like you are confronted by a difficult situation.
If the old HDDs are mechanically faulty, there is no work around.

A few faulty sectors can be reallocated sometimes, but if the disc surface is in an advanced stage of disintegration, a lot of faulty sectors, no amount of wishing will remediate the disc.

Did you have a look at Spinrite ? There are free alternatives from what I have read so far.
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12 Jul 2014   #6
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If there is only a couple of bad sectors in the surface, you don't need to buy any expensive tools like "Spinrite" to fix them. "Seatools for DOS" is capable to repair disc manufactured by "Seagate".

1. Make sure you are using the latest version of "Seatool" - SeaTools for DOS | Seagate

2. Boot from the CD and run a "Long Test".




Note the total number of errors it founds. If there are too many errors ( more than 10 bad sectors ), it is better not to attempt repairing the disk.

3.When the scan finishes, choose "Repair this and All remaining".



4. Rerun the test and make sure it passes without showing errors.


WD disks can be also repaired by the same way. Run "Extended" test with "WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics" and it will auto fix the bad sectors even without the knowledge of the user.


What these tools do is nothing but marking the bad sectors as unusable in an internal table called "G-list" and allocate some spare sectors from the hidden sector reserve as replacements. Since had disks are using "Logical Block Addressing", use or OS will never know about this. To them the drive will appears to be fixed.
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14 Jul 2014   #7
navin007

windows7
 
 

i used the seatools and did long scan when I gone to fix error it gave the error cannot fix I think so there might be a hardware failure and the hdd's are out of warranty
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14 Jul 2014   #8
navin007

windows7
 
 

many time I noted that I am not able to move data and even not able to delete so this may be the problem caused.
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14 Jul 2014   #9
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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i used the seatools and did long scan when I gone to fix error it gave the error cannot fix I think so there might be a hardware failure and the hdd's are out of warranty

How may errors it detected ?. If there are too may, there is no point in trying to fix.
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14 Jul 2014   #10
navin007

windows7
 
 

only one that also in last 90% of scanning and it cannot erase the data also due to that bad sector.
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