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Harddisk has cancer


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#1 noz03

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:29 PM

Hey, the hard drive on my spare laptop has bad sectors which are basically spreading quite fast, and I guess it eventually ends up corrupting one of the system files and the OS stops working until I reinstall it. don't really understand what exactly is causing but am wondering if there is any way to isolate? Or at least slow down the progression of this cancer. I know I need a new hard drive but as its a spare computer I don't want to buy one for now.



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:15 PM

Unfortunately once you're on the slippery slope, there's nothing you can do to stop it and it's only going to deteriorate. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 06:01 AM

Would leaving 90% of my hard drives space unallocated help at all? Or putting it on some kind of low power settings that use it as little as possible? Right now my only idea is to install my OS to a flash drive and boot from there.

Btw this problem is not contagious to other computers right? Like when I move files from this computer to another?



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 12:10 PM

FWIW:

 

Bad Sectors On Hard Drives - http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1583&page=3

 

Bad sectors are endemic to that particular hard drive...but any hard drive (IMO) may be expected to develop such.

 

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