1.    06 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 277
    windows 7

    Bad Block: failing drive, or "meh" ??

    Toshiba laptop went down. can't boot. ran usual diags, windows 8.1 unable to boot anything on the drive as is.
    hooked to a good system: assigned drive letter, windows disk manager shows all partitions "healthy", but windows cannot access the partition [the main partition on the troubled drive] at all.
    system error logs show loads of errors on "drive d" [or drive 1 as it calls it].
    Toshiba's own tool shows it passing short test, passing quick test, no SMART warnings [all green].

    my question: toss it?
    this is a typical Toshiba laptop drive from a Toshiba satellite.
    Thumb up, or Thumb down?
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  2.    06 Jun 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 772
    Windows 7

    Looks like time for a new drive.

    The drive has experienced a fall, something conventional drives have little tolerance for. This causes physical, not logical problems in a drive. The drive does not work when connected to a different system, indicating that the fault is not just a connection problem. You don't need further confirmation.

    Of course other problems in the laptop cannot be ruled out.
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  3.    06 Jun 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 697

    It might be a large logical failure. When my hard-drive became unstable as reported by DiskMgr & Acronis Disk Director, I was able to completely delete one by one all partitions, thus Unallocate the entire 1TB internal hard-drive, format the entire 1TB HD, rePartition C and D, some Windows would need System Reserved 100MB partition first, and then I simply restored my previously madeNsaved OS partition ["c drive"] and data partition ["d drive"]. Everything's aok now.
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  4.    06 Jun 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    Posts : 697

    "...The drive has experienced a fall, something conventional drives have little tolerance for..." I missed this part! That pretty much points to a very likely hardware failure; if it's only a logical failure that is thoroughly fixed and tested -- that's a blessing.
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