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Bad sectors!, PC running slow

By ronscores ยท 7 replies
Aug 5, 2005
  1. i have lots of bad sectors on my C: drive (prob. boot sector) coz' i have win98 se on C: and everything is slow and PC hangs up often..

    I've tried to remove bad sectors using HDD Regenerator software but it recognizes only some bad sectors..
    the bad sectors are in the start of C: and do ya guys know how to move them to the last? maybe defragmenting ?? would ya guyz suggest that?

    or would u ppl suggest me to load Windows on other partitions like D: or E:.. would then my PC be faster??
  2. harveyeugene

    harveyeugene TS Rookie

    I dont think you can move bad sectors, soz. It sounds like you have an old hdd (or a bad one) to be getting so many dogy bits, i would recomend an upgrade to a better hdd, but there may be some one out there who does know how to move ur sectors around. reinstall ur operating system on a new hdd and format the dogy one, problem solved .... to a point.....
  3. synthetik

    synthetik TS Rookie

    You can't move bad sectors -- you can only mark them as bad and the hdd will avoid writing data on them.

    The first sector of the hdd is like the Table of Contents of a book. If it can't be read, your hdd may need to be replaced. Installing windows on another partition may not solve your problem because the hdd controller still must read the contents at the first sector.

    From what you described, you may have a bad hdd controller. Hdd Regen won't do any good if this is the case.

    How is the LED indicator? If it's almost always lit, your hard drive is having trouble reading. Is the hard drive giving strange noises?
  4. ronscores

    ronscores TS Rookie Topic Starter

    awrite guyz thanks.. umm the LED indicator is kinda fine..
    bad hdd controller??? ok.. what'd u say of defragmenting the drive???
  5. harveyeugene

    harveyeugene TS Rookie

    defraging will just shift files arround, like synthetik said, if you do have a problem with the drive "contents," defrag wont have any effect. Probally a good idea to back up ur files asap just in case ur drive does completely pack in and die. New hdd aren't very expensive....
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    You cannot move bad sectors. A low level format will mark the bad sectors and data will be written around them, but with HD prices as low as they are, it is best to get another one and replace your failing drive.
  7. pentium

    pentium TS Rookie

    if hdd have a lot of bad sectors , i advise you don't using it ....:p
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,432   +801

    defrag on an HD with known bad sectors can be risking!

    you should consider:
    1) replacing the HD with another
    2) or a total system replacement if the current one is old/outdated

    Get LOTS of ram, and at least a 2mhz processor with HTT support,
    perhaps even a dual-core cpu. If you're going all the way, you might as
    will move to the top of the technology curve and be able to live with it
    for quite some time :)
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