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Safe to use this HDD?

mohityadavx

Youngling
Hello, I have a HDD which suffered some physical damage. The log below gives the extent of the damage. Can I use this HDD for storage purpose? Is there anything at all I can do to use it in a safe manner or would you recommend me to dump it.

Macrorit Disk Scanner
Device: Mass Storage Device USB Device (698.6 GB)
Scan area: 1.063 MB ~ 698.6 GB
Bad sectors found:
Physical bad sector No: 47095808, Count: 2048.
Physical bad sector No: 52180992, Count: 2048.
Physical bad sector No: 70479872, Count: 2048.
Physical bad sector No: 109817856, Count: 2048.
Physical bad sector No: 118919168, Count: 2048.
 

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Tomal

Broken In
At first you should get a backup of important files of that HDD because it is damaged and there is more possibility of failuring. Now, though it seems to me that the damages are not major, try to have a new one.
 

patkim

Cyborg Agent
-Check SMART parameters and find out if sectors have been reallocated and what is the SMART Health status reported.
-You may not want to use it as primary HDD however if you still wish to use it, try to re-partition it in such a way that all sectors containing bad sectors eventually fall in one partition. It looks like it is doable looking at the picture and later keep that partition slot as free space eventually. e.g. if all 5 bad sectors are in total span of 90 GB continuous slot, leave it blank forever.
-HDDs fail anytime. Even good ones under warranty do fail too. I am using an old HDD after reallocating 16 sectors and it's still working ok for past one year.
-There are software's that claim to regenerate bad sectors by altering magnetic properties so such things somehow. I have not used any such but if you wish to give it a try you may do so as well.
 

kg11sgbg

Indian Railways - The Vibrant and Moving INDIA
Any idea about my HDD condition as provided :--->

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Do I need a new HDD for replacement???
 

whitestar_999

Super Moderator
Staff member
Reallocated sector count is quite high(you can change to decimal/normal number system values by going to Function--Advanced feature--Raw values--10[DEC],for future reference this value in normal number system ideally should be zero,even a value of single digit should serve as a warning to keep a backup of important data in some other place). It is not advisable to trust this HDD now with any important data. As for replacement it is better to buy one soon so you can copy all data from this HDD to new HDD even if it is working for now.
 

kg11sgbg

Indian Railways - The Vibrant and Moving INDIA
Download the portable version in zip format.
Unzip it and run.
Post the screenshots of your HDD status.
 

whitestar_999

Super Moderator
Staff member
Neither good nor bad.Considering it has ran for 12000+ hours,only 1 pending sector count is within expectations but it is a good idea to at least backup very important data in some other place also.
 

kg11sgbg

Indian Railways - The Vibrant and Moving INDIA
Neither good nor bad.Considering it has ran for 12000+ hours,only 1 pending sector count is within expectations but it is a good idea to at least backup very important data in some other place also.
But,Friend the reallocated sectors count of his HDD is much higher which has a value of 252.
Mine was having only 63.
I mean,can I change my HDD quite after some time?
 
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