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    Botherin PF1 Since 2002 Term_X's Avatar
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    Default Possible To Format HDD Around Bad Sectors?

    HI Team

    I posted earlier re a HDD that was playing up due to bad sectors. Someone suggested doing a low level format. It would go thru the format fine and format all the sectors very quickly and then get to a certain point and then it slow right down before saying drive is failing.

    Is it possible to format the drive so it only uses the good sectors and ignore the bad ones?

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    Default Re: Possible To Format HDD Around Bad Sectors?

    I would buy another hdd, theyre cheap these days.

    Even if u do manage to get around the errors, it'll fail sooner or later.

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    Default Re: Possible To Format HDD Around Bad Sectors?

    More to the point, would you risk continuing to use a hard drive that has problems even with a low level format.

    Maybe time to get a new hard drive.

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    Default Re: Possible To Format HDD Around Bad Sectors?

    Quote Originally Posted by Term_X
    Is it possible to format the drive so it only uses the good sectors and ignore the bad ones?
    Technically running SMART (BIOS) allows it to mark bad sectors so that data is not written to it, but ultimately its pointless.

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    I kinda have the same problem as this guy, I bought a 250GB hard drive of eBay with no warrenty, about a month after using it it packed in, the hard drive is not used to run an operating system, its just for extra space. Can anyone tell me of a program that can format around bad sectors? cheers

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    Default Re: Possible To Format HDD Around Bad Sectors?

    spinrite from www.grc.com supposedly does wonders for bad sectors etc.....dunno tho they are symptomatic of failing in the physical drive itself and that's not really somethin you can use software to fix with finality.........it'll die on ya sooner or later.........
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