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What else can I try to recover bad sectors ?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by hoctagon, 30 May 2006.

  1. hoctagon

    Gangster

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    Found out my Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 160 GB Sata II have developed bad sectors.
    I run the diagnostic tools from Hitachi website, and erased drive twice and fully. However, the problem still persist. I still get a red screen message saying bad sectors have been found (Device failure),to recover please fully erase drive to 0.
    What else can I try to recover this drive ?
    cheers
     
  2. basmic

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    Just RMA it - I wouldn't hold any more hope for it.
     
  3. senorstealth

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    You could try a low level format, though your best bet us to send it back
     
  4. Explicit

    Wise Guy

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    http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

    Amazing piece of software...can't recommend it enough
     
  5. basmic

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    I'd be very reluctant to trust a drive with bad sectors. If it was within the RMA period, I'd just RMA it for a (hopefully) more reliable drive.
     
  6. hoctagon

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    Well, I tested my drive using HD Tune to find out 2.5% of drive surface is corrupted.Last 4 GB of drive is damaged.Can not explain why.
    Drive was fine until I plugged on port no 2 (sata I) on my mobo and transferred the entire content into a new Samsung SpinPoint in port 1 (sata I).

    Drive was not bought through OCuk.
    Can I RMA it directly to Hitachi or original vendor even If I haven`t got the packaging any more ?
     
  7. TooNice

    Hitman

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    I always RMA straight to the the manufacturer. I remember that Hitachi's RMA service was impressive. They didn't have advanced replacement like some other manufacturers, but the swapping process was real quick for me. I can't vouch for Spinrite much. Good on paper, but when I used it, I ended up wasting days: it's very slow, understandably being a low level tool. But/and it wasn't particularly successful at recovering my data either.
     
    Last edited: 5 Jun 2006
  8. xtreme.BIN

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  9. hoctagon

    Gangster

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    Cheers all. Just sent a email to Hitachi UK - Warranty & products support.
     
  10. Jay_t

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    If you don't want to send it back yet you could try hdd regenerator which can sometimes repair (not just mark) bad sectors.
     
  11. TomTomTom

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    Agreed. Supposedly Symantec offered to buy the code. Author refused and still happily selling it on his own (and providing an excellent internet security checking site).
     
  12. Jay_t

    Hitman

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    I've just sucessfully fixed 2 bad sectors on one of my raptors with HDD regenerator. Thats properly fixed using magnetic reversal, not just marked as bad and covered over.