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Windows 7: Dead HDD? Reallocated Sectors Count decreases.

05 Dec 2013   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thank you and sorry for the late post. Also, I promis that this is my ultimate question, sorry again for being annoying. Is it a possibility to use it in future just as an extra HDD for space. I mean that maybe I could use my new HDD as the bootable one, and this old one just for some extra space. Or the only thing with this HDD at this rate is to throw it away?

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05 Dec 2013   #22

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

The drive is dying. It may have a failing read-write head, surface damage, or something else. It doesn't really matter as it can't be fixed anyway. The drive has a large and growing number of bad sectors, the number of which is now impossible to determine. Do you really want to trust such a drive with your data?
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05 Dec 2013   #23
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Takuya55 View Post
Or the only thing with this HDD at this rate is to throw it away?
You should have decommissioned it a while ago now......

This drive is useless to you - it can never be fixed, ever. Is that clear enough?
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18 Aug 2015   #24

7 64bit, xp 32, 10 32bit

This might get me banned, but I've used bad drives in two ways:

If you scan it a few times and the number of bad sectors grows, it's trash. Use it as the system's swap drive (set it as far away from the bad sectors as possible). It will not last and will eventually slow down your system once the bad sectors reach your swap partition.

If the bad sectors do not grow, then setup your partitions around the area(s) of bad sectors. Give yourself at least a gig on either side so there's no trouble, and to a full chkdsk /r on all partitions from a windows boot cd.
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12 Oct 2015   #25

W7 Pro 64bits

Hello everyone. I just wanted to stop by in case someone else bumps with a problem like this one.

My WD 250Gb had been "dead" for almost a month and after several methods, tests, etc performed on my hardrive, I was unable to extract my info. I was already analyzing the probability of sending my drive to these companies that recover your information but they are expensive as hell.

After I ran a test with the WD Data lifeguard diagnostic, I found out that the Reallocated sector count went down to 104 so I started searching info about how to solve this issue. So I bumped with this thread and with the post from "madcratebuilder" and I went directly with this software. For my surprise, the needle noises were back to normal and I was able to recover all of my info. Although I dont trust the drive anymore, I will use it until it dies, because I have now a backup :)

And for the record, I have tried using the windows check disk but it always dropped the connection and restarted. The Puran, uses the same check disk of windows but it went through until the end.

Sometimes it is worth to be a bit stubborn.

Thank you very much madcratebuilder!

And sorry for reviving an old dinosaur.
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13 Mar 2016   #26

Windows 10 64 Bit
Using the corrupt HDD as External Hardisk

What if the current internal hdd with Reallocation error count and bad reallocated sector be used as an External hard disk connecting using SATA to USB cable convertor?
I have all these problems currently and I know there are no fixes to this. Since I'm buying a new HDD , how about it try this? Has anyone here tried that?
Basically I'll hard format the hard disk , convert it into 1 single partition and NTFS file. Any of you think this is possible.

HDD Specifications :
Toshiba SATA 1TB 5400 rpm
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