I am just going to dump it.
That is likely an unnecessary waste of a hard drive that may well be perfectly good. I would like to suggest something that may get the hard drive back into useful service, and allow you to feel comfortable about it.
The situation that you have reported sometimes happens: It is not necessarily an indication that the hard drive has a "terminal" condition. The problem can often be overcome by wiping the HDD with an application such as dban
run from a bootable CD or flashdrive. After doing that, the hard drive should be as good as "new" .... unless there is an on-going physical problem with the hard drive.Step 1:
(Darik's Boot and Nuke):"Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction."
If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO
images to disc ...
Step 2: Disconnect ALL hard drives (including external hard drives and flashdrives) except for the hard drive that you wish to wipe.Warning: The following procedure will completely wipe ALL hard drives connected to the system!Step 3:
- Download and install ImgBurn.
Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.
- Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.
- Choose Write image file to disc.
- Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.
- Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.
When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will be bootable.
Boot from the CD, and with ONLY the one hard drive
connected to the system ...
- Warning: This will completely wipe ALL hard drives connected to the system!
- Type autonuke at the prompt and press the <ENTER> key.
- Allow to complete.
Please be patient: It may take some considerable time, depending on the size of the HDD.
In an extreme case it may be necessary to run dban more than once.
When complete, remove the dban
CD or flashdrive. Re-connect the hard drive on which the Windows system resides and boot to Windows. The problematic hard disk drive should now be showing in Windows Disk Management: Create one or more partitions and format it/them using "full format" rather than "quick format".
A good example (rather more extreme case than your situation) of success with refreshing a hard drive and removing a number of read errors: