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Please look at this Spinrite screenshot - my HDD is f*cked, right?

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October 19, 2010 5:56:21 AM

Hey there.


I have a 2.5" internal Seagate Momentus 5400.6 (500GB) in my Acer Aspire 6920G, and over time it has become more and more unreliable, with a lot of CRC-errors on downloaded ZIP/RAR files, and glitches in downloaded mp3's.

I ran the software Spinrite to scan it, and these are the screenshots at the very end of the scan:




Just wondering if you can confirm to me that this HDD is f*cked up? I have already bought a new internal HDD to replace it (actually the same brand and model), but is there any way I can use this old one in a HDD enclosure? After all, it's 500 GB i can use to store films or TV series on.

So - is there any software that will allow me to scan it and mark it for bad sectors, so they don't get used? Or is it in such bad condition that there's no point in trying even for that?

Thanks!
a b G Storage
October 19, 2010 6:08:46 AM

Screen shots are not showing.

*Edit: Fixed the forum code for ya, but the url's are not loading.
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a b G Storage
October 20, 2010 12:18:01 AM

Yeah, looks like that disk is reaching EOL. I recommend you grab your data off of it an NOT use that drive anymore.
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October 20, 2010 12:56:04 AM

Y'know,, I had two of my WD 500's report, just last week that they had bad sectors all over hell's half acre, not possible says I, why these hdd's are almost new, anyhow turns out that the hdd caddy that I was using was better off in the garbage..Sometimes,,, the bad blocks on a hdd are software created not hardware, sometimes fdisking the hdd and changing the partition sizes fixes it, also get the seabreeze tools from seagate and examine the hdd,,,maybe you will get lucky,,,maybe..:) 
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October 20, 2010 1:25:12 AM

It's on its way out. Save what you can, then take that Hard Drive out Back and smash it with a sledge hammer. If you don't already have such a hammer, now's a good time to buy one :D 
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a b G Storage
October 20, 2010 7:47:41 PM

dokk2 said:
Y'know,, I had two of my WD 500's report, just last week that they had bad sectors all over hell's half acre, not possible says I, why these hdd's are almost new, anyhow turns out that the hdd caddy that I was using was better off in the garbage..Sometimes,,, the bad blocks on a hdd are software created not hardware, sometimes fdisking the hdd and changing the partition sizes fixes it, also get the seabreeze tools from seagate and examine the hdd,,,maybe you will get lucky,,,maybe..:) 

Good point. A zero write with Dban and then running a scan may tell you if the HDD is actually dying/dead.
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October 22, 2010 2:39:21 PM

Shadow703793 said:
Good point. A zero write with Dban and then running a scan may tell you if the HDD is actually dying/dead.


I have now successfully transferred the disk content from the old HDD to the new (with Partition Wizard Home Edition), and put the old one in a HDD enclosure, where it's successfully detected by Windows 7.

I was thinking of a full reformatting and then scanning it for errors - what do you think? And what software should I run to fix, scan and/or mark sectors for errors? I don't want to lose 500GB. :p 

(I tried looking up Darik's Boot and Nuke, but it seems you can only run it on an internal disk in DOS mode? I wanna do this process on the HDD enclosure under Windows 7.)
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a b G Storage
October 22, 2010 3:21:01 PM

If you want to pay, I recommend SpinRite or Hard Drive Mechanic.
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a b G Storage
October 22, 2010 9:22:48 PM

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(I tried looking up Darik's Boot and Nuke, but it seems you can only run it on an internal disk in DOS mode? I wanna do this process on the HDD enclosure under Windows 7.)

Correct. You will need to burn the ISO so you can boot in to it off line. Just unplug the other HDD and then run DBan.
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