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Hard Disk - Bad Sectors

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by mmalyszko, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. mmalyszko

    mmalyszko Regular member

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    I have a 60GB hard disk and it has a lot of bad sectors scattered around it which renderrs half of it unusable. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this, i heard that if you take a magnet and you place it on top of it and move it in circles it can make them disappear just like that including your data. Is this true, or am I totally screwed. Any ideas will be good.
     
  2. dlc2000

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    if you are not worried about the data on the drive you could try formatting it . this may correct the problem with the drive . the drive also could ready to fail in which replacement is a option .
     
  3. mmalyszko

    mmalyszko Regular member

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    Lets see i formatted it about 5 times and still i get nothing. Tried the windows check disk scan and attempt bad sector recovery selected, still nothing. So what now.
     
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    i would say its time for a new drive .
     
  5. mmalyszko

    mmalyszko Regular member

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    is there any one here that specializes in hard drives. Can anyone answer my original forum question. And can i fix it? Geez
     
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    get a low level format software from hd manufacturer to see if it clears bad spots but no guarantee that will work
     
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    mmalyszko Regular member

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    you want me to look up a samsung hd cleaning software. ok ill try
     
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    you didn't say what drive you have & there is about 6 hd manufacturers out there
     
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    mmalyszko Regular member

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    i have a Samsung SV6003H hard disk.
     
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    mmalyszko Regular member

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    tried it it wont recognize my HD what now help
     
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    mmalyszko Regular member

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    sorry it doesnt work once i double click it the DOS window opens and then it closes automatically what now?
     
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    You could try Spin Rite, http://grc.com/ , Ive always been interested to see how well it works on a bad HDD...or if it works at all....
     
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    am I totally screwed?
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    Think the answer is 'YES' - time to give up and buy a new hard drive.
     
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    mmalyszko, try it at the dos prompt, not thru windows
     
  17. mmalyszko

    mmalyszko Regular member

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    its hopeless even at level 5 nothing
    its scrap metal to me now
    anyone want it its still in one piece for about 2 more days
    anyways thank you guys for your support and i appreciate it but its almost a 4 your HD so u do the math
     
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    at least you learned something
     
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    mmalyszko, for future preferences, any time one spots bad sectors on ones hdd it's high time to start looking for new one (like others stated on this thread allready). "Fixing" the old one is kinda like planting your apple tree on nuclear fallout area and hope something eatable would come through.
    Bad sectors are allways symptom of drive head failures and more are created till either drive head (or motoristics) totally screws up or writes one bad sector on your mbr (Master Boot Record) which would render your OS unbootable. There is no fix, it's consumer electronics...:)
     
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    what are good HD companys
     

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