Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Mark hard disk bad sectors

12 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Mark hard disk bad sectors

i have a hard disk that has lately developed bad sectors in one of its drive.Is there a software or tweak that can help in marking the bad sectors such that they arent used for read or write operation .

<i dont want to remove bad sectors , i just want to mark them somehow so that they are no longer used.i dont mind the wastage of these sectors and windows checkdisk does not work.the system hangs when the box 'automatically remove bad sectors' is marked. Is there another same sorta utility freeware perhaps :)

thanku for anyhelp

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

It is possible that your drive is beginning to fail. Normally, a drive has a number of sectors available that aren't for normal use - these sectors are used by the drive firmware to automatically and seamlessly replace any faulty sectors on the main part of the drive. However, there is only a finite number of these spare sectors available, and there will come a point where there sn't a spare available for use.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Mar 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic
My System SpecsSystem Spec

12 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

You dont need to mark bad sectors manually. Hard disks have a pool of spare, good sectors. When bad sectors are found they are automatically flagged and replaced by spare, good ones. All this is invisible to the user.

FYI, you can use tools like Crystaldiskinfo and HD tune to monitor bad sectors, if the drive is SMART enabled (most drives are). However, please also run a hdd diagnostic (depending on your hdd brand).

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

A few bad sectors are normal after a period of use. You should backup critical data from that disk on a priority basis. Unless the bad sector count is extremely high, keep a watch over it, particularly for sudden increases. When that happens, be prepared to order a new drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Mark hard disk bad sectors

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Hard disk with bad sectors has lost files
Hi everyone I have a 60gb internal hard drive that had some bad sectors but i have used it for years, for several months it was unplugged from my pc, when i decided to use it again and plugged it to my pc unfortunately i found out that most of my files are lost. I can't see most files and...
Hardware & Devices
How to recover data of Hard Disk with many bad sectors?
Hii everyone. I have a Western Digital blue 640 GB internal SATA HDD, which showed bad hard disk in startup repair. It does not shows in disk management or device manager when connected via USB port. But shows status as "online" in diskpart when connected via SATA port & when I enter startup...
Hardware & Devices
Check for ONE File (!) if NTFS structure + hard disk sectors ok?
Obviously the user can check the consistency of a FULL, whole NTFS hard disk by performing a "chkdsk" command and run in addition one of the well known tools (like MiniTool Partition Wizard) a surface test to check whether all sectors of a hard disk are ok. But what if I don't want to check the...
Performance & Maintenance
bad sectors in hard disk, WHAT TO DO
hi my computer has become so slow and frozen every time i do any work,, i run the scan disk using the command chkdsk and i get the report after the computer reboots , i saw the report and it seems i have bad sectors , should i change my hard disk or is there any way to repair the bad sectors, ...
Performance & Maintenance
Hard Disk Bad Sectors
i have this hard drive which has some bad sectors although disk is 10 months old. i have tried using chkdsk in windows (for the infected d: drive)to remove the bad sectors but the computer always freezes and gives a blue screen error :( A long format also freezes the computer . So i resort to...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27.
Twitter Facebook Google+