12-29-2007, 02:31 AM
| | Re: SeaTools | Can't fix bad sectors?
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 16:18:44 -0800 (PST), Charles
>On Dec 28, 9:12*pm, "GlowingBlueMist" <nob...@invalid.com> wrote:
>> The following is an excerpt from the Seagate Web site, from the SeaTools DOS
>Thanks. Yeah, this is exactly what happened in SeaTools, but Windows
>can't format the HDD, it stalls at 21%. I guess there's not much I can
Regardless of whether the Seagate tool could correct it,
this is a sign that at least some part of the disk subsystem
is unreliable and shouldn't yet be used. If they were
logically bad but not physically bad, you would need to
correct that instead, otherwise the problem is still likely
to repeat itself.
By the time a drive has this many bad sectors that it didn't
invisibly remap, to the extent that they are still present
after repairing with the manufacturer's tools, the drive is
too unreliable to use. Check to see if it is under warranty
still, but if it were old enough to not be under warranty it
was often the case that the drive is old enough it should've
soon been replaced anyway, pre-emptively to avoid data loss
before it happens. I wish hard drives lasted forever but
being a storage device they are practically always better
replaced than gambled upon.