This guide will allow you to diagnose and isolate physically defective areas of a hard drive. The tool I'm going to introduce will help you re-partition your hard drive in such a way that bad sectors are out of partitioned areas.
The first step is whether really your hard drive has bad sectors. Once the problem is identified, we can decide on the right solution to follow.
Several symptoms may mean that your hard drive suffers from bad sectors. The following examples can be noted:
Whether you have any of these problems or not, it is better to check and have a clear heart. Before that, I would like to explain two important points.
A bad sector is a small area of your hard drive that it can't read correctly. There are two types of bad sectors:
In order to diagnose your hard drive, the easiest solution is to use Crystal disk info. This app allows you to view a detailed report about your hard drive from the day it was factory assembled.
The interface of Crystal disk info is very simple and displays all the information you will need, after the typical menu at the top we have;
Self-monitoring, analysis and reporting Technologiy (self-monitoring, analysis and report technology) is a hard disk monitoring system built into the latter and allowing continuous monitoring of its State. The latter is based on several reliability indicators to anticipate possible errors.
If you want to better understand this system and the indicators it shows you, I invite you to visit the corresponding Wikipedia article.
Generally, the "health status" part informs you of the status of the disk as follows;
Specifically, the values to be monitored in order to be sure that all is well are the following (according to their ID):
05, C5 and C6. If their condition is dangerous or bad (yellow and red respectively) you should consider backing up your data as soon as possible or lose it forever.
If you are unable to copy your files from your damaged hard drive, Roadkil's unstoppable copier is the best choice. This is because it allows you to copy the maximum amount of readable data from your damaged disk. The application also offers other functions such as pause/resume copying or scheduling multiple copies..
The application is relatively simple, with the default settings being the best to choose from. There is nothing to prevent you from customizing certain settings. You can also switch to the "batch mode" tab to select multiple different copy sources.
Finally, thanks to the table at the bottom of the interface ("copy" tab), you can see the status of your copy and some very useful statistics.
The idea is simple, repartition the disk in such a way to isolate the defective areas so that they are inaccessible, certainly this will not correct the State S.M.A.R.T. of the disk, but this will allow you to recycle your disk into a temporary storage s
olution. Note: do not use your defective and repartitioned disk to store important data! To
partition your hard drive while automatically isolating bad sectors, there is a free and highly efficient program named repartition ADB drive.
Just run the executable that you upload, choose the faulty disk to distribute and click on the button "Repartition drive selected". Remember to copy your files before you start partitioning. Last n
ote: the repartitioning process takes a lot of time, this depends on the State of the disk, its size and its speed of reading, I managed to repartition my 320Gb disk in a day personally.
We hope that this guide will help you, do not hesitate to share your opinion.
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