Bad block

By leeherron
Apr 18, 2006
  1. Event log has shown the following error a few times ::

    "The device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block."

    I have tried to scan the drive and have found no errors. First, to confirm, which drive would that be? Second, which disk check utility should/would show that type of error. Third, any other suggestions or needs?

    Running: WinXP SP2 OS
    Hardware: 2 physical drives on IDE primary, 1 physical drive on SATA & 2 CD/DVD drives on IDE secondary.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Harddisk0 indicates the "first" hard drive. Should be the primary IDE. The D: partition maybe?

    You have to specifically tell chkdsk to scan for bad sectors, otherwise it will just check the filesystem. You can get a real diagnostic utility from the hard drive maker.

    You can hope that this/these is/are the only bad sector(s), but it is rather likely that more and more will pop up in the future. You should move any important data off the drive.

    Some parts of thing may still be usable, so if you are a penny-pincher or just don't believe in consumerism, you can partition around the bad sectors.
  3. leeherron

    leeherron TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That's what I was thinking, but wasn't sure because of the drive order; I'm running a SATA card with the only drive on it as the boot (C:) so D: is the first drive on the IDE primary -- so I was thinking D: as well.
    Do you have the switches to do that? I already ran chkdsk which returned no errors. Also I assume "Bad Block" is the same as a bad sector?

  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    It can't hurt scanning all your hard drives and partitions..

    From command line, you run "chkdsk /f /r drive:". It's a check box in the graphical disk checking app.
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