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0.1% Damaged blocks, would you still use this drive?

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Long story short I have a 2.5" 500GB Toshiba MK5065GSXF that was pulled from a corrupted Macbook Pro.

It was acting very wonky in the macbook when pulled, and now I have it formatted and sitting in front of me. I ran the HD Tune test on it and here are the results (ignore seagate 500, I used my goflex adapter):






What happens with these bad blocks? I assume they cannot be fixed, but will I run into big trouble if I use this drive? I will definitely not use it for any critical backups, maybe as a extra backup to hide in my house or as extra storage in my seedbox.
 
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No, especially since the damage is in the beginning of the drive.

But if I were to use it, I would make an small empty partition containing the damaged blocks, which I wouldn't use.
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No, especially since the damage is in the beginning of the drive.

But if I were to use it, I would make an small empty partition containing the damaged blocks, which I wouldn't use.

Oh wow thanks I did not think about partitioning away the bad sector.
 
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Oh wow thanks I did not think about partitioning away the bad sector.

You don't need to partition it away. HDDs have some built in extra unused capacity that is invisible to the computer, and when bad blocks arise, they get flagged (to not use them) and the extra ones take their place.

I would be more worried about the drive continuing to develop additional bad blocks, however. Frequently, when a drive develops bad blocks, more and more start to occur, and it is frequently a sign of impending failure.
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Unlike my old ExcelStor HDD which had like 78% of the blocks screwed after 1 day of being flawless and the access/boot time slower then it took me to get to my store and back.
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It was in a macbook? It was probably dropped, shaken, or otherwise physically jostled enough for a momentary head crash.

With that in mind, it could now be permanently misaligned (or the head itself could be damaged), which will cause further damage to continue to develop, OR it could be fine, aside from the damaged areas on the platter.

Only way to know for sure is to use it - but don't use it for anything important.
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