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Help restore my Raptor back to life (bad sectors)

post #1 of 11
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Hey everybody, I have a 150GB raptor, which has some health issues.

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As you can see from the picture below, there are several bad sectors.

These bad sectors are not repairable by HDD Regen.
I also tried using KillDisk, but it didn't complete (gave me the following error at 99% - Error (the handle is invalid)).

If I remember correctly, KillDisk was supposed to corner the bad sectors and not allow the HDD to read/write on these sectors anymore.
Apparently this wasn't an option.

However, as you can see from the picture, bad sectors stop completely at 29,667MB.
Could I just disable the first 30GB and use the rest of the hard drive without issues?
Or are there any better solutions?

(Yes, I know that the drive is bad, it's going to fail more and more soon, so I should dump it etc etc, but I still would like to make it usable)
Edited by Karlz3r - 3/20/12 at 6:31am
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was going to say send it back to wd .. but it's only a 150 and must be old ...
have you tried a low level format ?other than that partition it15gb and use that for your page file ..?
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I did the LLF with KillDisk and it failed.

Is there any way to make 2 different partitions (the first one 30GB) and then make it "invisible" or just totally disable it?

Yes, the raptor is very old, it's from 2006.
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I did the LLF with KillDisk and it failed.
Is there any way to make 2 different partitions (the first one 30GB) and then make it "invisible" or just totally disable it?
Yes, the raptor is very old, it's from 2006.

make the first 30gb partition in disk management but don't format it. It won't show up under my computer.
post #5 of 11
You can just make a 120GB partition and align it to be after the first 30GB using gparted. Just don't use it as a boot drive as the first sectors are clearly bad.
post #6 of 11
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OK, a little update. I made the GParted bootable DVD.
I set the first 30GB of the drive unallocated and made the bigger partition right after it. It failed to finish the partitioning and later said that the partition table is not viewable.

I think it might have something to do with the bad sectors in the first 100MB of the drive, I think the MBR situates there?

Any suggestions what else could I try?
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post #7 of 11
Try to erase the disk completely and then create the large partition. Also did you set it to type primary?
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It first deleted the previous data and then tried to make the new big partition. What do you mean with setting it to type primary though?
(Meanwhile I will try again and report back)
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post #9 of 11
You have the option to create few kinds of partitions.
Somehow GParted apprantly tries to write an MBR because it thinks you a creating a boot partition / disk.

You need to uncheck "boot" flag if you have one, and also set the partition to data if you have that kind of selection.
One more thing - check if you have a setting for the disk itself for "MBR" / "GPT" / "DATA" / "Extended" - Pick Extended or Data before you create the partition.
Edited by LosNir - 3/20/12 at 10:52am
post #10 of 11
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Appears that the HDD is not very readable anymore. I will cool it down and try again later.

Perhaps there is something from http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd



E: It appears that the only good option seems to relocate the MBR to another place on the HDD, but I guess MBR is always located at the first sector, which appears to be malfunctioning.
Edited by Karlz3r - 3/20/12 at 4:31pm
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