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Are there any good programs that will disable or remove bad sectors from my drives? If so, what programs?
    
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Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of bad sectors on an HDD. Sectors are physical parts of the Hard Drive platters.

Only thing you can do is RMA and get it replaced.
    
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Actually you can either partition out the bad part. And i know format will mark the sectors bad. Just depends on how many you have. But nothing will remove them. If it is pretty bad then either rma it or pick up a new drive as a f3 1 terabyte is about $55 shipped now.
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Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of bad sectors on an HDD. Sectors are physical parts of the Hard Drive platters.

Only thing you can do is RMA and get it replaced.

There is no program that will scan for bad sectors and disable them? I seems like it should be simple to just have those sectors not get used in some way.
    
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Format and prepare for harddrive failure.
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Actually you can either partition out the bad part. And i know format will mark the sectors bad. Just depends on how many you have. But nothing will remove them. If it is pretty bad then either rma it or pick up a new drive as a f3 1 terabyte is about $55 shipped now.

So a full disc format will mark the bad sectors so they dont get used? Is that the only way to do it? If so I guess Im going to reformat but I would obviously prefer not to have to do that.
    
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There is no program that will scan for bad sectors and disable them?
Yes... even Format will "pseudo-quarantine" bad sectors.
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I seems like it should be simple to just have those sectors not get used in some way.


tbh... once a drive begins to fail... it will fail ever-more-quickly(most times)

Just yank yer data over to a good drive and replace.
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I've got a 500 GB drive that has S.M.A.R.T. warnings about bad sectors on the disk. It tells me to backup and replace the drive which is good advice.

I've been using it with smart turned off for about a year and it gets worse all the time but still works. I've accepted that it will someday fail but it's non-critical data so......

If you care about your data, get a new drive, else turn of SMART monitoring and enjoy....
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You can't disable the sectors themselves, but even if you could, it's not worth it. Once a Hard Drive starts to get bad sectors, it will continue to get more quickly. Best advice, like others have said, is to back up your data and RMA or replace it. Your HDD is pretty much dead now, so do it quickly. It's only a matter before it fails completely.
    
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