Windows 10: Is there any way of fixing a 'Bad' HDD? Solved

  1.    14 Sep 2017 #1

    Is there any way of fixing a 'Bad' HDD?

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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       14 Sep 2017 #2

    Hi SirDarkNight.

    Per say "No". The system has detected a bad sector and has relocated the data to working sector. You can Google Reallocated Sector Count. One may not be bad but it very well could be the beginning of the end.

    Here is one article.

    Myself, I would be planning a migration to a new drive. I assume you have a backup.

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    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       14 Sep 2017 #3

    Caledon Ken said: View Post
    ...One may not be bad but it very well could be the beginning of the end....
    Mine (coincidentally, also a Toshiba) shows a relocated sector count of one. I keep an eye on it, but it has stayed at one for over a year (maybe longer, I only started using CrystalDiskInfo a year ago). At a 'Power On Hours' of 17229 hours (about two years!) mine has lasted well, but I have an up to date system image ready should it start to deteriorate.

    At only 2864 hours use yours is not doing so well. Three years continuous use seems to be the point where, on average, HDD drives start to fail.

    Myself, I would be planning a migration to a new drive. I assume you have a backup.
    So would I.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64
       14 Sep 2017 #4

    I third this. Start planning a migration to a new drive. IF you cant afford one right now, put away $10 here and there and soon enough you will be able to get another good drive. Dont wait till it utterly fails, then its too late. And as always, keep an up to date backup. I have Macrium set to auto full backup once a week.
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  5.    14 Sep 2017 #5

    All the suggestions above are spot on.

    If, you'd like a second opinion try Seagate's Seatools:

    How to use:

    Install software
    Right click on icon and choose to Run as Admin
    Mouse over Basic Test
    From menu, choose the Long Generic test and let it finish
    If test does not complete then, the HDD is bad.

    Also, you might want to try to repair the bad sectors using Windows Tools.

    click on This PC
    find OS HDD {if more than one drive}
    Right click on the OS HDD
    Choose "properties"
    From the window, click on Tools
    First option is to check for drive file errors.
    Click on it and choose to Scan the HDD
    Let it finish and view report.

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