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Windows 7: 8 Reallocated Sectors, Bad?

22 Jun 2011   #1
kosokuadam

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
8 Reallocated Sectors, Bad?

Today my SMART reader gave me a readout of 8 reallocated sectors. Is this cause to worry about?


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22 Jun 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Is your computer having issues? Crashing, making sounds, and or shooting lasers?
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22 Jun 2011   #3
kosokuadam

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Nope none of those; I'm just worried because a) as I take it, any reallocated sectors means higher likelihood of failure in the near future b) I lost a previous HDD to bad sectors a year into its life, and I remain pretty unsure about what causes them.
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22 Jun 2011   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

If you are that concerned run chkdsk Disk Check
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22 Jun 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

In addition to checking the current status of your HDD you should keep an eye on how the reallocated sector count changes over time. If it stays the same over many months then maybe you don't have a serious problem.
You can use your current tool or try
CrystalDisk Info which I find useful
You can set your current sector count levels to their present level then set a warning alert say 2 sectors more for reallocated sectors.
(go. Function>Health Status settings).
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22 Jun 2011   #6
kosokuadam

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

I actually already use CrystalDisk Info. I'll do that, though; I suppose there'd be cause for warning if it does go up?
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22 Jun 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kosokuadam View Post
I actually already use CrystalDisk Info. I'll do that, though; I suppose there'd be cause for warning if it does go up?
If it was my HDD and it was giving me one reallocated sector per month (subjective figure!) I'd retire the disk and keep the control board as a spare.
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22 Jun 2011   #8
fseal

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Yeah it's entirely possible that the drive shipped that way.

Only tracking it over time can tell...
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22 Jun 2011   #9
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Keep an eye on it and make sure you make regular backups.
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22 Jun 2011   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If the drive was still under warranty, I'd RMA it. If not, I would tend to agree with mjf. If you wait until it fails, or corrupts your system too extensively, you might regret it.
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