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February 11, 2012 3:46:34 AM

Dear all,

I have a hard disk that used to be the internal HD of a laptop that was very badly used (many reboots while the system was working, etc).

Now I am using this as an external HD. Since it was badly used, I thought I could perform a checkdisk. When I do, I get the result below. It shows that there are bad sectors. I don't really know how bad that is, but I've heard it could be serious. Would that mean that the disk is probably dying and it shouldn't be used?

I don't know much about hard drives, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a lot in advance..


Chkdsk log:
  1. Event Type: Information
  2. Event Source: Chkdsk
  3. Event Category: None
  4. Event ID: 26180
  5. Date: 10/2/2012
  6. Time: 2:49:31 μμ
  7. User: N/A
  8. Computer: LAKIS
  9. Description:
  10. Checking file system on F:
  11. Volume label is WALLE.
  12. CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
  13. Usn Journal verification completed.
  14. CHKDSK is verifying file data (stage 4 of 5)...
  15. File data verification completed.
  16. CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
  17. Free space verification is complete.
  18. The upcase file content is incorrect.
  19. Correcting errors in the uppercase file.
  20. Adding 1 bad clusters to the Bad Clusters File.
  21. Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
  22. Windows has made corrections to the file system.
  23.  
  24. 244195008 KB total disk space.
  25. 0 KB in 1 files.
  26. 4 KB in 9 indexes.
  27. 4 KB in bad sectors.
  28. 73440 KB in use by the system.
  29. 65536 KB occupied by the log file.
  30. 244121560 KB available on disk.
  31.  
  32. 4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
  33. 61048752 total allocation units on disk.
  34. 61030390 allocation units available on disk.
  35.  
  36. Data:
  37. 0000: 20 00 00 00 16 00 00 00 .......
  38. 0008: 14 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
  39. 0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
  40. 0018: 04 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
  41. 0020: b4 c4 04 00 00 00 00 00 ´Ä......
  42. 0028: 5a 62 02 00 00 00 00 00 Zb......
  43. 0030: c2 eb 0b 00 00 00 00 00 Âë......
  44. 0038: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
  45. 0040: 60 8a 1f 71 0c 00 00 00 `Š.q....
  46. 0048: ee a1 21 74 0c 00 00 00 î¡!t....
  47. 0050: 99 9e 36 00 00 00 00 00 ™ž6.....

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February 11, 2012 4:12:40 AM

Almost every disk has bad sectors. This does not mean it is defective or dieing. On your entire disk only 4KB are shown as bad. That is 4 out of 244195008KB. Nothing at all it terms of unusable space. If the bad sector count keeps rising it is a sign things are going bad. But this report looks ok. Run the disk check in a few weeks and see what it says. If no changes all is well if there is a jump in the bad sectors start to think about replacing it.
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February 11, 2012 5:14:11 AM

Dogsnake said:
Almost every disk has bad sectors. This does not mean it is defective or dieing. On your entire disk only 4KB are shown as bad. That is 4 out of 244195008KB. Nothing at all it terms of unusable space. If the bad sector count keeps rising it is a sign things are going bad. But this report looks ok. Run the disk check in a few weeks and see what it says. If no changes all is well if there is a jump in the bad sectors start to think about replacing it.


Thanks a lot! That clears things for me.
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February 21, 2012 2:33:40 AM

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