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Can sudden shutdown of pc can make BAD sector in HDD?

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January 27, 2013 4:02:12 PM

Can sudden shut down(suppose no UPS ans power cut occur) of PC can make bad sectors in HDD or any damage???
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January 27, 2013 6:00:06 PM

Improper shutdown can screw Windows up so it won't startup properly next time, or it can cause errors to the filing system, but I've never heard or experienced it causing any kind of hardware damage or creating bad sectors on the hard drive in all my 20 years of using and fixing computers.
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January 28, 2013 11:24:04 AM

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I agree. Really old drives had this problem, but all newer drives have capacitors that will hold a charge long enough to park the heads when they sense a power cut.
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January 28, 2013 3:40:16 PM

Hawkeye22 said:
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I agree. Really old drives had this problem, but all newer drives have capacitors that will hold a charge long enough to park the heads when they sense a power cut.

Old means how old?? I have segate ST3500418AS which is 2.5years old. Is this have this security?
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January 28, 2013 3:52:12 PM

jayadratha said:
Old means how old?? I have segate ST3500418AS which is 2.5years old. Is this have this security?


If it's sata, then no worries. We're talking ~10 years ago or so. Most drives that old are dead or replaced by now. I do have some drives that old and operational, but I'd expect most people have all newer drives. I just threw that answer out there just in case you did have an old drive.
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January 28, 2013 4:12:33 PM

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January 28, 2013 6:46:34 PM

I should have mentioned that although the heads will park, having power cut from a brownout or blackout and the ensuing power spike when power is restored may cause problems to the drive electronics itself. A battery backup can help prevent this.
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