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I am having issues with my PC so I started runningtests on everything. The memory is OK, but the western digital utility found bad sectors on my harddrive. THere was an error and it couldn't repair them.

Is this something that would effect the normal function of my PC?
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Originally Posted by Infinitegrim;14592263 
I am having issues with my PC so I started runningtests on everything. The memory is OK, but the western digital utility found bad sectors on my harddrive. THere was an error and it couldn't repair them.

Is this something that would effect the normal function of my PC?

It won't affect the normal function of your pc right away. But it may worsen if the drive degrades more.
Run chkdsk on windows so that it doesnt write on the bad sectors again.
Generally the drive remaps these bad sectors with spare ones.

For now I wouldn't worry much, but if it degrades a lot, I'd Backup it up and replace it.
Is it under warranty?
Why don't you RMA it?
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In my experiences, drives that show bad sectors always get worse quickly. I would replace it if I were you.
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First off I just wanted to point out I just got this harddrive from newegg in January.

I am worrying though because something is wrong with my laptop. After windows recently updated it was running fine, when internet explorer stopped responding it froze up the entire system.

Now in normal mode I can bearly get to the desktop without it freezing up and it is really slow. takes over a minute to open one thing.

Now it runs at light speed in safe mode, but if I open 2+ programs it does the same thing. So I thought it was memory, which memtest86 ran all night and found no errors.
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The slow load times could be the fact that the OS is trying to access the bad sectors on your hard drive. I had a hard drive that had bad sectors on it for my work laptop. The laptop ran but it was dog slow. I got the replacement drive and it was back to normal speeds.

Time to RMA your drive imo.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Infinitegrim;14592757 
First off I just wanted to point out I just got this harddrive from newegg in January.

I am worrying though because something is wrong with my laptop. After windows recently updated it was running fine, when internet explorer stopped responding it froze up the entire system.

Now in normal mode I can bearly get to the desktop without it freezing up and it is really slow. takes over a minute to open one thing.

Now it runs at light speed in safe mode, but if I open 2+ programs it does the same thing. So I thought it was memory, which memtest86 ran all night and found no errors.

I've seen dying HDD's do some weird things in Windows. I had one system that would reboot every time I tried to install a certain update, otherwise it ran fine. It turns out that the update was trying to write a bad sector causing windows to freak out and restart.
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If thats the case, I think you should definately get it RMA'd! Not worth the trouble later when you have precious data on it to recover.
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post #8 of 10
Run chkdsk /f and then chkdsk /r on your partitions. See if that helps.

Also check it with HDTune. Post screenshots of the Health tab for us to examine.

On laptop drives bad sectors may indicate impending failure, or they may indicate your drive got bounced around a lot... some people have had laptop drives go for years with bad sectors.
     
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i just hade a similar problem on a samsung drive i hade a error code 52 and ive just started getting error code 7 as well hopefully the 2tb drive i ordered last thursday will be here tomorrow so that i can replace it
    
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if possible move any data you want to keep onto another drive if possible to save you losing it thats what ive done with my samsung it only has the os on it and a few small programs now the other drives ive got have less than 10% free space after moving about 350gig off music to my other drives
    
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