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Windows 7: How to copy dummy file onto defect hard disk sector and block it?

11 Apr 2017   #1

win7pro 64bit
How to copy dummy file onto defect hard disk sector and block it?

On one of my (older) computers there is a defect sector on the hard disk.
Checking the surface of the hard disk shows a red square for it.
It seems to me that all the "usual" reserve sectors are already in use.
Every thing else works on this computer. No unusual noise comes from the hard disk.

Since I do not use this computer very often I don't want to replace the hard disk and reinstall all the stuff on it.

In order to avoid that Win7 copies some important files exactly on this sector I am thinking about to copy a dummy files exactly onto this bad sector and write-protect it.
So I will have a blocker for further other usage of it.

Does this work?

How can I identify the exact number of this bad sector and copy a dummy file exactly on this sector?


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11 Apr 2017   #2

win 8 32 bit

No to all that if it's bad then it should be marked on the disk by Windows any file you can't say we're it's to go and it may be moved even it set protected by defrag, update or other
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11 Apr 2017   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I thought if Windows already "knows" about a bad sector, it has already marked it "untouchable" by machine or human.
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11 Apr 2017   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

When a hard drive is bad and the reserve sectors are use up it time to get another one. Period. Their is no magic wand to fix it. Because one doesn't want to get a new drive does not change the fact a new drive is needed.

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11 Apr 2017   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

I can understand one bad sector or so, however, when the reserved sectors begin to be allocated like Hogwart's students during orientation, then, definitely, time to make sure OS and data partitions backups exist, and +1 for Jack -- time for a replacement HD.
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16 Apr 2017   #6


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 How to copy dummy file onto defect hard disk sector and block it?

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