When HD Tune finds errors, does it "mark" the sectors as unusable?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by jahadu, May 9, 2015.

  1. jahadu

    jahadu MDL Novice

    May 9, 2015
    Hi! I'm dealing with an old harddrive here, and HD Tune found a couple of bad spots. Is there a function, and if so, does HD Tune mark these places on the disk as unusable, so I can still use the disk?

    Nothing important will be stored, I'm just playing around with an old computer here.

    Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but it does sound familiar, that it can mark sectors (?) so the disk will just skip these places in the future?
  2. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

    Feb 27, 2011
    spinrite or hdd regenerator..usually its a waste of time tho
  3. rEApEAt

    rEApEAt MDL Senior Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hi and welcome to MDL! :matrix: :p

    I can't talk specifically in behalf of HD Tune, but in general all disk utilities automatically mark bad sectors when they are found. Once marked as bad, the bad sectors won't be used by the OS anymore.

    A few bad sectors should not worry the user. On another hand, if the number of bad sectors keep growing, it's time to backup the data and replace the disk.

    Unless you're playing around with an old computer and wouldn't give a damn if the disk suddenly die...

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