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Windows 7: Checking for HDD sector damage

4 Weeks Ago   #11
FreeBooter

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you want to repair bad sectors on HDD drive you will need to use your storage drive diagnostic tool i list two of the diagnostic tools. To repair bad sector make sure to do a Long or Extended scan. If there is lots of bad sectors then its time to backup your personal files and purchase a new storage drive.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

SeaTools for Windows


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3 Weeks Ago   #12
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
The SMART failure message indicates that this drive will soon fail. Therefore, I suggest that you don't use it for any actual data. However, there's no harm in fiddling with it, just like you have been.
Actually, there's a considerable amount of information on the net that casts doubt on the total reliability of SMART reporting. As I said earlier, it's just software after all. We might as well assume that Windows itself is 100% infallible.

Anyway, I've found that it's possible to remove the, 'Your drive is about to fail!!' message that SMART shouts on every boot.

It's quite simple: In the system32 folder, take ownership of the file DFDWiz.exe (using the freely available Take Ownership registry fix) and rename it to DFDWiz.old. No more SMART warnings. Of course, it can always be renamed again if necessary.

And if DFDWiz.exe won't allow you to rename it, take ownership of the entire sys32 folder.

(I forgot to mention that it can also be turned off in the BIOS, if there's a setting for SMART)

BTW: I can recommend two free, Windows-based and easy-to-use sector checkers: Macrorit Disk Scanner and Areolic Disk Scanner. I've just run both of these scanners on the 'suspect' 160GB HDD and neither app found any bad sectors.

Nor did any other app, including WD Diagnostic.

Obviously, as I noted earlier, SMART based its 'down-check' on the drive's reallocated sector count. My guess is that, if the drive REALLY is suspect, and not just the subject of mistaken reporting, then this count will increase over time.
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3 Weeks Ago   #13
XweAponX

Windows 7 (My Idea)
 
 
Checking for HDD sector damage

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FreeBooter View Post
If you want to repair bad sectors on HDD drive you will need to use your storage drive diagnostic tool i list two of the diagnostic tools. To repair bad sector make sure to do a Long or Extended scan. If there is lots of bad sectors then its time to backup your personal files and purchase a new storage drive.

Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows

SeaTools for Windows


It's also important to do this rather than running CHKDSK /x /r on the partition. Run WDDiag or Seatools in extended mode, then run CHKDSK /x /f on it afterword.

Unless the drive is smaller than 500 GB, then I might try CHKDSK full scan. A full scan on a 2TB HDD could take two days, and the process itself could damage the drive. I lost an invaluable one terabyte drive when I did that once
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3 Weeks Ago   #14
teckneeculler

Win7Ultimate
 
 

XweAponX: It appears you didn't read my last post.

The systems I've detailed are far more effective and informative than chkdsk.
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