Unable to use SMART

By KnightRiderX ยท 4 replies
Mar 22, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I was previously having BSOD STOP errors so I did an hdd diagnostic test with Seatools and found out that there are a lot of bad sectors on my hdd but the odd thing is that during the process, SMART because disabled and was unable to replace the bad sectors. Can someone help me this problem?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    You can probably enable S.M.A.R.T. in the BIOS.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,168   +986

    interesting. S.M.A.R.T is a predictive technology in the firmware of the HD
    which records accesses and results. It attempts to predict failures and records
    error counts.

    Remapping bad blocks has nothing to do with SMART. It has been used for decades.
    If you run from and Admin account and run CHKDSK C: /F /R then bad blocks will
    be recovered and remapped to avoid future use.
  4. KnightRiderX

    KnightRiderX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    well I have done chkdsk /f /r three times on my laptop and everytime I do it, there seems to be a lot of bad sectors. After the first chkdsk, the laptop crashed again so I did it twice back to back; both times having a lot of bad sectors.

    can anybody tell me what this means?
    why does it constantly have bad sectors?
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    Because your HDD is probably failing. Back your data up and replace the drive.
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