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    about 1.5 years ago, my 160gb main sata drive for my last system crashed, just wouldnt be seen by my system at all, i ran to best buy and bought a 250gb WD, it lasted 9 months before i got daily BSOD... i didnt look into it, but rather built a new system ... today i decided to plug in the newer WD drive and run a test on it, because i had a hundred or so GB of not so important information i didnt need filling up my main computer, HD tune shows 3 bad bad sectors ( 1 sector = 95MB ) only 1/3 through the (going on for 15 min now) thorough (non quick) test... if i format this drive (still got old OS and information on it) will those bad sectors go away, or is it a physical platter problem that is unfixable

    edit 6 bad sectors 2 back to back
    ill be running chkdsk after the HDtune check to see what that clears up


    Last edited by Tonk; 11-28-2008, 09:18 PM.
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    Re: bad sectors in hard drive

    You should be able to have CHKDISK auto repair any bad sectors it finds. If it reports that it can't fix some of those sectors, then you should look into getting that hard drive replaced.

    Instead of investing in Western Digital for your next drive, give Seagate a try. I know I've raved enough about them because every single Seagate I've owned had lasted well beyond their 5 year warranty period.
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      Re: bad sectors in hard drive

      i prefer seagate... best buy only had WD when i needed a hard drive ASAP... would of went newegg if i had 4 days to spare, but it was my only comp at the time, 2/2 WD have crashed within 1.5 years, but my seagates 2x 320gb in raid are almost 2 and never a prob yet, and my old comp store bought from 2000 seagate was still tickin last year (40gb or something small... wasnt worth using anymore)

      seagate = cooler, quieter, longer MTF
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        Re: bad sectors in hard drive

        Seagate, Samsung and Hitachi are all pretty good. But no matter what, always make a backup. These days you can get a 1TB drive for $100. Just buy two and backup with an automated backup tool. Acronis or Ghost both make drive image copies that can easily be restored onto the new drive.

        It is very hard to foresee when drives will go bad. SMART is supposed to give you an early warning, but Google made a well known study where they show that HD failures are pretty unpredictable. Just back up.

        I myself run some old machine with FreeBSD and ZFS where all the old drives go. I backup every night automatically from our two machines to the FreeBSD one. ZFS (from Sun) is way cool. And it's all free!

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          Re: bad sectors in hard drive

          this is just a drive i pulled out of my parts drawer i wanted to put info on that wasnt important at all... its not my system drive, current system is 100%, just wondering if this drive is usable for holding non important information (mostly virtual machines, some high rez movies(no not pron))
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            Re: bad sectors in hard drive

            Maybe usefull:

            http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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              Re: bad sectors in hard drive

              Originally posted by marstein View Post
              Seagate, Samsung and Hitachi are all pretty good.
              That is true, but Samsung drives tend to be the most expensive of any brand. Hitachi are also far and few in most stores and eRetailers.
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                Re: bad sectors in hard drive

                iv not had good luck with hitachi in the past
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                  Re: bad sectors in hard drive

                  I have Raptor HDD's never had a problem...
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