WD Scorpio (2500BEVS) broken?

By EXCellR8
Jun 21, 2010
  1. I installed a refurbished 2.5" notebook drive in one of my desktops hoping it would work but I can't get it to format, so I'm thinking it's busted. I tried to format it normally through Windows XP but it makes no progress at all. I ran chkdsk /r and it said the drive contains one or more unrecoverable errors. There was stuff on the drive before but i deleted the partition because it wasn't sensitive data.

    I ran TestDisk and it said the structure of the disk was OK but when I ran Data Lifeguard the drive failed the SMART test or whatever. I think it said one attribute was indicating the drive was dying... bad sector or something. Anyways, is there any way to fix it or should i just scrap it? The drive doesn't make any sounds but like i said it's a refurb so all bets are off i suppose.
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Scrap it. Sometimes when running a harddrive diagnostics bad sectors can be repaired but with fails in chkdsk / r and S.M.A.R.T. and the fact they are unrecoverable it is time for a new one.
  3. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    I concur. Even if you could manage to format and start using it now it sounds like a risky drive prone to fail and die on you in the near future :dead:
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Topic Starter Posts: 1,835

    Yea sounds like it's a lost cause, cuz i ran HDD Regenrator which supposedly restored the bad sectors but the drive still fails the SMART scan and still will not format. Oh well, thanks for the input..
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