HDD Problem

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by andhrew, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. andhrew

    andhrew MDL Novice

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    Hi i have a hdd with some bad sectors on it, these sectors are at beginning of hdd. So i would like to know if there is any way that could let me cut or disable beginning part of my hdd?
    I need to cut first 5 gb cuz after it's all ok and there is no problem with hdd.
    I know about option to make hidden partition but i would like to do something like with hpa just in the beginning and I've seen that it is possible i just don't know how.
     
  2. R29k

    R29k MDL GLaDOS

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    Run chkdsk /r /f it will take ages and map out the bad sectors. However if there are not enough extra to map out the bad one then you will still have issues. Best thing is to change the disk.
     
  3. LM3

    LM3 MDL Junior Member

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    What size is the disk? SATA or IDE?
     
  4. hildegardgruener

    hildegardgruener MDL Novice

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    You can't disable the sectors themselves, but even if you could, it's not worth it. Once a Hard Drive starts to get bad sectors, it will continue to get more quickly. Best thing to do is back up your data and RMA or replace it
     
  5. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    I am a PC tech and confirm/fully agreed with this statement. When a HDD is done, it's done. Period.
     
  6. shutupandshave

    shutupandshave MDL Novice

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    Also agreeing. It's time to get a new disk, sorry.
     
  7. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    throw it in the freezer over night, pull it out and immediately plug it in and grab all the data you can, while you can lol (works from some fubar drives).
     
  8. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    Tested and approved :clap::biggrin:
     
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  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Already know that palliative for ages :biggrin: and it's good to retrieve data yes.
    But my statement is a general approach to a bad (irremediably) HDD condition.
     
  10. wonghing

    wonghing MDL Novice

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    You probably not able to get back all of your data especially those data that store at the bad sectors areas. So, if you found the bad sectors are at the beginning or end of a HDD, you can do the partitions to separate it and not using the partitions with bad sectors. Sincere advice: Quickly backup all your data and replaces the HDD. Hope this help.
     
  11. andhrew

    andhrew MDL Novice

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    Yea i did that option with small partition in the beginning. So looks like it is impossible to cut beginning part of my hdd but its strange that hdd in first few gigs are bad but after it is perfect none green mark on mhdd :(

    P.S it is 320GB Sata HDD
     
  12. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    remove all volumes to unallocated space, and make a partition beyond that point, might take some trial and error to get far enough past the bad section of the drive though. Leave the bad section unallocated space and format the partition you made beyond the bad space. XP, Win7 and Win8.0 boot fine with the volume starting well beyond 0. Im not certain of Win8.1 or 10 though, only have experience with XP,7, and 8.0 working.
     
  13. Imkruzen

    Imkruzen MDL Member

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    EaseUS Partition Master scans all the sectors on your hard drive and mark the bad sectors as Red; so that they will be notified as unusable.
     
  14. sourabhrv

    sourabhrv MDL Novice

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    try the HDD REGENRATOR software. this software fixed the bad sectors without losing the data.
     
  15. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    that can also be more harmful than good on old/bad drives.
     
  16. jime1

    jime1 MDL Senior Member

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    HDD REGENRATOR might only help only if the HDD has just a few bad sectors (like about 7 bad sectors, I've fixed a few HDDs)
    Else the HDD is a gone, cant do anything other than backing up the data on a good new HDD :(
     
  17. jime1

    jime1 MDL Senior Member

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    I wish it works :worthy:
     
  18. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    Old news :rolleyes:
     
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  19. Michaela Joy

    Michaela Joy MDL Crazy Lady

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    The golden rule, which is -never- to be forgotten, is to make frequent backups of your drives. If you experience a catastrophic failure, you can gracefully recover.

    Otherwise, you're at the mercy of the Gremelins. :D

    :MJ
     
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