How can I determine what a bad sector affects?

Started Mar 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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scokill Senior Member • Posts: 2,930
Re: How can I determine what a bad sector affects?

skyglider wrote:

If the number of a bad sector on a spinner hard drive is known, is there any way to determine what is affected by the bad sector?

The sector number is in the form nnn,nnn,nnn, a 9 digit number. It is revealed when doing a full backup.

Windows should mark the bad sector and not use it for data storage. If it completed the backup then your data should be good, however trying running chkdsk and check the fix system error box and scan for and attempt to correct bad sectors, then run your backup again and see if you get the error.   Having bad sectors isn't the end of the world, but it could be the beginning of the end for the hard drive.

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