Windows 10: Is there a way to block bad sectors on a HDD?

Discus and support Is there a way to block bad sectors on a HDD? in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; Windows 10 Version 1909. My wifes harddisk have some bad sectors, we are aware of this and the harddisk will be replaced eventually. But right now she... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by jimkromann, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Is there a way to block bad sectors on a HDD?


    Windows 10 Version 1909.

    My wifes harddisk have some bad sectors, we are aware of this and the harddisk will be replaced eventually. But right now she have to keep using it.

    I have promised help her format and reinstall Windows 10 on her PC.
    Is there any way i can mark those bad sectors to the system will stop storing data on them?
    It is not an SSD.


    Thank you in advance
    Jim

    :)
     
    jimkromann, Dec 9, 2019
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  2. HDD Bad Sector

    Hi Nataniel!

    I am not sure what your question is exactly, but one thing I'd recommend for sure will be to look for a replacement drive since there is already a bad sector on your current one.

    Basically there are two kinds of bad sectors - hardware and software:

    • Hardware ones are caused by physical damage or becoming magnetically fixed, and they are unrepairable. In short, once they appear it's only a matter of time (no way to say how long) until the HDD fails.
    • Software bad sectors on the other hand occur when something called an Error Correction Code (ECC) doesn't match the contents of the hard drive. These can be repaired by overwriting the data on the drive with zeroes (a.k.a. low level formatting) and sometimes
      by running a **chkdsk [write the letter of the drive:] /r** in the CMD.

    As for getting the information from the drive if one of the partitions fail, most likely you won't be able to, which is why I'd suggest to make a regular backup of your most important data.

    Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
     
    MightyMiro_WD, Dec 9, 2019
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  3. BAD SECTORS ON HDD, REFORMAT AND REINSTALL W10 FREE UPGRADE

    Hi,

    Thank you for providing us with the response to our questions.

    I suggest you to run Check disk and check if it helps. Remove your external Hard drive and perform the steps on your system:

    Check disk is a utility that can check your hard drive for corrupted segments and fix them. You can refer to these steps to run the Check disk utility:


    • Press Windows key + X, select “Command promt (Admin)”.

    • In the command prompt window, type
      “chkdsk/r” and press Enter.

    • Press “Y” when it asks if you want to check disk to run when the computer boots the next time.

    • Restart the computer for Check disk to detect and repair any corrupted sectors in your hard drive.
    Important: While performing Error-checking or ChkDsk on the hard drive, if any bad sectors are found and when attempting to repair that sector, the
    data available on that sector might b
    e lost.

    Please let us know if you face any issues with Windows.

    Thank you.
     
    Sangeeta Sarkar, Dec 9, 2019
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  4. AsRock Win User

    Is there a way to block bad sectors on a HDD?

    drive with bad sectors

    There is no way to fix a bad sector\block on a HDD although some times it's marked as bad when it's not.

    So backup your data and format the HDD ( not quick format ). Then run chkdsk on it again and see if they show up.

    If they do maybe your HDD is under warranty still ?.. Time for a RMA as when bad sectors start showing it it can get a lot worse depending on whats making the error.
     
    AsRock, Dec 9, 2019
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