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.
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.
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.