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Can I lock out a single hard drive partition?

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April 7, 2013 9:50:46 AM

Folks,
I have a 1 TB SATA hard that quit formatting at 75%. I partitioned it into one 500 GB partition and left the other half of the drive unformatted. The 500GB partition reads and writes perfectly. Can I now "lock out" the unformatted, unpartitioned portion and continue to use the hard drive? Thanks for your help.

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April 7, 2013 9:56:22 AM

Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive... do NOT do this if you have an SSD...

All the best Brett :) 
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April 7, 2013 3:24:49 PM

simply leaving it un-partitioned will leave it inaccessible.
But a drive with problems will usually continue to degrade. If you plan to continue using this drive be sure to make regular backups of any crucial data.
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April 19, 2013 6:26:15 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive... do NOT do this if you have an SSD...

All the best Brett :) 


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April 19, 2013 6:29:36 AM

Thanks Brett. The info in Hirens was fantastic. Yep, failing hard drive. While there are ways to keep the drive working I am now convinced that it will continue to degrade. Your help was truely appreciated.
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April 19, 2013 6:32:43 AM

Tim,
Your answer was right on the money and I thank you for your trained insight. I am sorry that I could only select one answer as the best. Thanks, again.
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April 20, 2013 1:23:29 PM

Its not a problem, this isn't a competition. We're just here to try and help.
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