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Use this tag when referring to bad sectors on a hard drive. This is similar to bad clusters or bad blocks. Suggested use is for questions about possible failure of a HDD.

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HDD: lost partition table and bad sectors

I have an issue that's been running for the past few days. This weekend, I could use my external (Seagate Backup Plus Slim) HDD just fine, I even put a couple dozens GigaBytes worth of movies on it ...
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I can't change SATA hard disk (working in UDMA) to PIO mode in Linux

I'm trying to disable DMA in my SATA 3.5" hard disk drive to work in PIO mode because for recovering some bad sectors from a failing disk with GNU ddrescue I am using PartedMagic Linux live CD and I ...
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GNU ddrescue, request help on how to proceed for advanced passes

Hello I'm doing an image of an ntfs disk with the GNU utility ddrescue, I made a first pass with the -n option which resulted in an amount of non-scrapped data, a bad-sector amount, a number of bad-...
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Hard drive SMART error but sector appears readable

TL;DR: Where is my bad sector? Hi, I have a disk that fails its SMART test. There is supposedly a bad sector at LBA 1565541432, but when I try to read that sector with dd, the sector seems to read ...
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Read only file system after reformatting and repartitiniong

I am facing some issue in my one of hardisk. I have cleaned it completely, scanned it for bad sectors and reformatted it but again it giving me readonly file system error on next day. Here is ...
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Can I repair/reuse a dying hard drive?

I have a harddrive that's giving lots of read/write I/O errors, bad sectors, general malfunctioning. It's a 2 TB caviar green Western Digital. The disk is dying, not dead, so it's recognized by my ...
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Why can't the last few sectors be included in a partition?

When partitioning with fdisk the last few sectors cannot be included in a partition, as far as I have experienced. I always thought this is due to MiB- or IO-block-alignment, but I just realized that ...
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Create smaller partition to cope with bad sectors on 2TB HDD

I have a 2TB WD (My Passport Ultra) external HDD that has developed bad sectors, and I want to continue using it for non-essential/non-critical storage (I fortunately recovered all data that was on ...
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Leaving bad sectors in unformatted partition?

Laptop was acting really weird, and copy and seek times were really slow, so I decided to scan the hard drive surface. I have a couple hundred bad sectors all clustered up in last couple of gigabytes ...
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Sudden decrease of hard drive sectors

After a crash and a reboot I noticed I'm suddenly unable to mount one of my hard drives and got this error message instead block count 488378134 exceeds size of device (488377869 blocks). I got two ...
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External Hard Drive: Is it bad or still good to use?

I have an external HDD (Seagate Backup Plus 2TB) and it had some problems lately, therefore I had run some test on it and it turned out to have some… problems, if I can call them like that. Below are ...
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Which partition does this chkdsk message refers to?

I have a "bad sectored" hard drive and going to back up its data, i decided to run chkdsk /f /r command for fixing errors on most problematic partition and making disk stable for a while. but while ...
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S.M.A.R.T pending and offline sectors warning

Here are information on my 8 month armor a 65 external hard drive by HD tune HD Tune Pro: PHD 3.0 Silicon-Power Health ID Current Worst ThresholdData ...
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Get a list of files located on a range of potentially bad sectors in NTFS

I have a 3TB hard drive which had 16 bad sectors according to SMART data. I ran a surface test with HDSentinel, which increased that number to about 100. Then I directly copied directories to a ...
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How do I find if there are files at a specific bad sector?

I cloned my failing HDD with Clonezilla with --rescue option and it listed many bad sectors. Some bad sectors were 3194529280, 3194529792, 3194530304, 3194530816. How do I find out which if any files ...

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