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SSD good for frequent power outages?

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June 28, 2014 9:23:22 AM

Hi,
After a power outage, my PC did a scan on my disk. So I used Crystal Disk Info and I found out that those parameters have values and are in yellow.

Reallocated Sectors Count
Current Pending Sector Count
Uncorrectable Sector Count

This is the second hard disk that got values for those parameters. The first hard disk isn't reliable any more. I sometimes copy files to it, and 5 minutes later those files become corrupted. I thought Windows was smart enough to avoid writing on bad sectors..

So yea, I get a lot of power outages where I live. Do I have to buy an SSD in this case? Are they more reliable when power goes off?

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June 28, 2014 9:27:11 AM

You should actually get a UPS(uninterruptible power supply) that will let you shut down your PC correctly. also you could run a chkdsk and it should help with your bad sectors.
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June 28, 2014 9:52:18 AM

You should invest in a UPS not a SSD. More than your HDD can be damaged with frequent power problems.
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June 28, 2014 11:25:33 AM

UPS's are pretty expensive. I'd rather invest in an SSD if it is actually invulnerable to outage damage.
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June 28, 2014 11:34:26 AM

It's not invulnerable to power outages it can still be damaged and you can still lose data, not only that but multiple power outages can damage numerous components in your PC not just the HDD if it's really a problem where you live invest in a UPS as it will be cheaper than replacing broken components if you continue to have power outages.

It's also possible that a power outage will brick or render a SSD inoperable
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June 28, 2014 3:12:55 PM

Okay..
Well I am considering a UPS now. But yea, about those 3 parameters and my past experience with an older hard disk which did write some fresh data on what appears to be bad sectors making them unreadable 5 minutes later.. Is there away to let Windows skip those bad sectors as if they didn't exist?
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June 29, 2014 4:30:38 AM

You'll have to use chkdsk, if you don't know how you'll have to look it up for your specific version of windows, you'll have to use the command prompt so if your not comfortable with that

the command will be "chkdsk c: /f”. Replace ‘c’ with the appropriate drive letter. you can run it from control panel as well but i'm not sure where it is on current version of windows, my work computer still uses XP ...
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June 29, 2014 9:59:59 AM

Okay.. I just did a chkdsk.. The numbers didn't change. Also I don't know the actual results because the computer had to reboot (The chkdsk was done on the OS partition which is the whole hard disk, it had to reboot so it could lock the partition).

The numbers are:
Current Pending Sector Count: Current 100 Worst 100 and Raw 8
Uncorrectable Sector Count: Same.

The other hard disk which I suffered from has higher numbers and it also has a Reallocated Sectors Count. I can post them if you need guys.

So yea, with that said, can those 8s be fixed or skipped during use? Windows did NOT skip those while it wrote on the other hard disk, which ruined some files that I had just copied. So yea, the OS partition with a similar issue, it's not really practical.
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June 29, 2014 12:28:42 PM

Did you use "chkdsk :c /r"? if so it should automatically take the bad sectors out of use or if it can repair them you have to make sure to use '/r' though otherwise it will just give you results.
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June 29, 2014 12:49:26 PM

Zephyrium said:
Did you use "chkdsk :c /r"? if so it should automatically take the bad sectors out of use or if it can repair them you have to make sure to use '/r' though otherwise it will just give you results.


Yes I did the chkdsk :C /r yet those were the numbers I had.. I assume the numbers should disappear or something. But yea, I don't know much about bad sectors adn I'm only comparing this case to the previous case I had with the other hard disk.
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