HDD Repair Bad Sectors

by Rod Dunne on December 9, 2011

in Hardware

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In terms of HDD repair bad sectors are one of the more common types of faults or corruption you can experience. Software is available that can attempt to repair the fault but it can’t be guaranteed to work every single time. Here I’ll show you what tools can be used and how best to use them.

Before launching into using any of these types of products it is worthwhile backing up your data. These applications will often move data around the hard drive sectors, which is generally safe to do but could introduce problems if there is a mechanical/physical fault with your hard disk drive (e.g. scratches on the hard disk platters).

The Microsoft Option

Many PC owners first try using the Windows HDD checking utility [found in Windows Explorer by right clicking on the disk, choosing Properties/tools tab/check now button]. This is a straightforward error checking utility that can scan for and attempt to repair bad sectors on the disk. Any sections that are incapable of being fixed will be flagged to the operating system so that they are not used at any future time (so as to avoid any more data loss).

PC Maker’s Software Option

Your next option is to consider any manufacturer tools specific to your brand of hard drive/PC. When it comes to HDD repair bad sectors can be caused by a number of different faults with the software or hardware and the manufacturers themselves will have the most in-depth understanding of how these issues can arise & be resolved.

Start by checking the customer support sections of the website for details of any disk administration or HDD repair tools that they have made available.

3rd Party

Finally, there are a few commercial software options you can also consider. Of these, HDD Regenerator is probably the best-known utility for analyzing, detecting and repairing a huge variety of faults relating to HDD repair bad sectors. It does not come with a free trial scan so you can’t evaluate what types of repairs it could do (for this reason, try using the Windows utility first to see if in fact there are bad sectors on the disk).

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