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Old 31st Jan 2013, 09:16   #1
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HDD bad sector bypass?

I've a HDD that's showing to have 1 bad sector, if it trying reading it the drive stops responding and need a reboot.

I read that if I partition the drive and leave out this sector I can carry on. I have done this and so far so good. The drive smart data looks fine other than this issue.

Obviously I'll be keeping eye on the drive and won't be putting any valuable data on it.

Wondering people's take on this technique.

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Old 31st Jan 2013, 18:06   #2
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Is this a windows pc? If so why dont you run chkdsk as this will try to recover the data on that sector and mark it as bad so the OS wont try to write to that sector again.
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Old 31st Jan 2013, 18:19   #3
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I RMA drives like that unless they are out of warranty. Chance of only one bad sector is very slim, over time you will get more and more of them.
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T2I3M - Ran various programs and it's done no help
faugusztin - checking SMART weekly and running tests, at moment it's only reporting 1 sector, soon as any HDD repair program gets to it the drive stops but after partitioning and run tests on those sector areas they all report drive is ok.
It's out of warranty and was out of a pre-built PC so guess it has to be with that
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Old 31st Jan 2013, 19:49   #5
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wiping it and doing a full format not a quick format, should sort that out without partitions.
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wiping it and doing a full format not a quick format, should sort that out without partitions.
Nope

Full Format
Checkdisk
HDD Regenerator
HD Tune (erase function)
HD Low Level Format

All these fail when they got to the sector
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I RMA drives like that unless they are out of warranty. Chance of only one bad sector is very slim, over time you will get more and more of them.
Yup. Even one bad sector means that the drive is a dud. And yes, more bad sectors will show up over time.
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