Help with Bad Block error

By Darkvision
Aug 22, 2008
  1. Hello!
    Recently I bought a game and tried to load it on to my computer but was getting this error

    the application failed to initialize (0xc0000006)

    after checking the event manager it showed an error event of:

    the device, \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block.

    I have windows xp so i went to the hard drive and did a scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, but after going through the motions it gives me the error of

    Windows was unable to complete the disk check.

    My question is after uninstalling and reinstalling the game it continues to give me the error. How can i install the game where it doesn't use the bad blocks? Is this possible?

    Thanks for the help!

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Once you get a "bad block" on your HardDrive you will usually get more over time (and sometimes immediately!)

    You are best to backup to external media (CD; DVD; External Flash Drive; or External HardDrive)
    And then purchase a new internal HardDrive
    Mount it back inside the computer
    Re-install Windows
    Re-install all Windows Security Updates
    Re-install all drivers
    Re-install your game
    All done!
  3. Darkvision

    Darkvision TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the quick reply.
    I have everything backed up so no worries there.

    I was hoping that i could get as much life out of this HD before I had to buy another one. So there is no way that the game can install somewhere else on the HD and not on the Bad Block?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Checkdisk will try to recover the bad block to be used again
    But due to other (bad blocks possibly eventuating) then this is kinda useless

    Data is stored on the disk in no logical manner !! That's why Defrag exists
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