Hi, just had one...grrr. SOLVED IT!!!!Got program "Partition Wizard 4.2", tried the check (surface test I think) and it had greens and then the RED (=BAD SECTOR). As this is a disk I want to use for pics/music on TV and disk=250GB I wanted to try everything - even if it meant destroying it. Here's how....I RAN THE "PARTITION->WIPE PARTITION -> and chose the "FILL WITH 0's" options (it took 3,5 hrs.)BUT ON FINISH IT'S SNUG AS A BUG! NO MORE REDS!!! Just love it when it DOES work! Good luck ya all - ps: If you liked this solution cheer for the Danish Mens Handball team in Olympics! I'll be there for the final - lucky me ;-) - Danish Flag, BIG purple disco glasses with matching earrings and golden (or silver) hair :-)))) Cheers. Happy days ahead!
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There is no way to fix a bad sector. A bad sector is like a scratch on a
cd that can't be fixed. You should run a program like "HD Tune", when
you use a program what it does is it will read the disk and when it
can't read a certain spot it marks it as a bad sector. After that the
hard drive will move the data from the bad sector to a spare area of the
hard drive. The spare area will store the data from a bad sector and
will be usable like the old one. However if you get too many bad sectors
you will run out of spares. When that happens your drive will crash.
You Can Try These Steps: Windows comes with a built-in hard disk utility software that scans your hard disk for errors and attempts to fix them.
On My Computer, select the disk drive that you want to diagnose and repair.
Right click on it and select Properties
Go to Tools tab.
Click on the "Check Now" button under "Error Checking Status".
up on your choice, choose either "Automatically fix file system errors"
or "Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors."
Let's try to explain the question that grinds us all when in cams about the hard disk. Can we actually repair a bad block? Before of the answer you must find some information about what is a hard disk, how does it work, what are bad blocks. After that you must identify them because you will need the exact location of the affected sectors. After you have done that you must run a few steps: - before you try to resolve the problem with the bad sector you must extract the data that was written to that block. To do this you must run a Recovery program that you can find freeware on the net. - bad sectors are unreadable parts on your hard disk but the nature of them must not be always physically and that part of the platens to be destroyed. The bad sectors can be simulated by some programs. This means that some programs installed on your computer can interrupt the reading process on to another segment of the platens. That is in the most happier cases but the chances that the bad sectors are cause by this is less then 10 percent. In this case is difficult to resolve the problem because even the Scandisk or other identification programs used to discover bad blocks will give a rapport that nothing is wrong with your hard disk. The best way is to uninstall the latest programs applied to the computer. - lets supposed that you have a 20 gigabits partition on your hard disk that has bad blocks. After the identification program it will indicate you where are the blocks situated on the partition. So this way you can isolate them in to another partition that you must never use again. Another scenario can be created and the bad sectors can be at the beginning of the partition in the middle of it and at the end of the partition. Know it's a little bit tricky because you can't just go on and create three new partitions to eliminate the bad sectors from use. In this case most of the new hard disk has a spare space available just for this type of scenarios. You must access the CASH memory of the hard disk and indicates to the hard disk that instead of writing down on the effected blocks it must write to the spare blocks. - another to restore the hard disk is to use the low level format option. Many of you think that low level format is a program. Wrong, the low level format option is set for any BIOS and can be easily use if you know some command line programming. The low level format can take to be complete a very long period of time but in the most cases we can obtain marvelous results. Actually the low level option takes every cluster of the hard disk and identifies them again (throw a thermal process) and writes down on the memory of the hard disk what sectors can be written and witch blocks are un-writable. This procedure is the best that can be because it will need no effort from your side to try and avoid the bad blocks that already exists and the hard disk itself know where the bad blocks are. In conclusion the bad blocks can't be fixed. The problem is a permanent one and we can only try to use the hard disk until it is broken down for good. But if you are having financial problem this is a best way to keep going with your old hard disk.
Hi, the bad news is you cant remove the bad sectors, once you start getting these you will keep getting even more what it is telling you is that the part that stores the data on has either been damaged due to a part failing in the hard drive or it could have got knocked about a bit, the usual suspect is down to the arm that moves across the disk that reads the data these ware and then this causes it to touch the data part of the disk causing the bad sectors.
their is nothing you can do to repair the problem as its just impossible the only chance you have of using the computer is to replace the hard drive, thats your only option.
the bad sectors are telling you that that part of the hard drive is damaged and can no longer be used, the disk will work around these parts but you will find you will keep getting more and more and eventually you will lose everything on the hard drive and you wont be able to use it any more.
you need to get hold of new hard drive before you install your operating system again.
There is nothing you can do about bad sectors. The Hard Drive itself, with its associated electronics, automatically maps these bad sectors and doesn't use them any more. So, the answer to your question is "NOTHING". Bad sectors may eventually make your Hard Drive unusable, and if your bad sector count is growing quickly it's time to do a complete backup and replace the drive.
You can't delete / remove bad sectors, they're faults on your hardware. Once you have a few bad sectors, you can be sure that your disk won't last any longer. My advise is to backup now your important files.
Use the following link to download the software, which helps u to detect as well as completly remove badsectors, but before u do tat, here is the answer for wat is bad sectors..
Hard disk drive is an integral part of every computer. It stores all your information. One of the most prevalent defects of hard drives is bad sectors on the disk surface. Bad sectors are a part of the disk surface which contains not readable, but frequently necessary information. As a result of bad sectors you may have difficulties to read and copy data from your disk, your operating system becomes unstable and finally your computer may unable to boot altogether.
When a hard drive is damaged with bad sectors, the disk not only becomes unfit for use, but also you risk losing information stored on it. The HDD Regenerator can repair damaged hard disks without affecting or changing existing data. As a result, previously unreadable and inaccessible information is restored.
ths is the software
A powerful hard disk tool that can detect and repair physical bad sectors on a hard disk drive surface and regenerate hard disk.