Laptop HDD Bad Sector, SMART OK. What to do?

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  1. orangpelupa

    orangpelupa Elite Bug Hunter
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    Hello B3D-ers :D

    My 3 years old notebook suddenly getting slower with erratic data transfer performance. After i run a surface scan, HDDScan says that there a are some blocks shown in RED (bad sector?).

    Here is the story (please bear with my english :D)

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    the funny thing is, SMART says my HDD still OK. But if i run the SMART check manually from Ubuntu, it will says that sector blah blah blah error.

    the funnier thing is, my SSD transfer rate also become erratic to the point of opening start screen (Windows 8) took a few secs.

    The most weird thing is, when i swap the HDD/SSD slot. It works fine for a day then the problem happens again.
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    So, what should i do?
    I'm not sure if i buy new HDD it will fix my transfer problem. The laptop itself are pretty abused for 3 years+. It almost never turned off, it transported while turned on, it has been dropped multiple times.

    HDD problem? Motherboard breaking? or my windows 8 thats error?

    Thanks for your replies.
     
  2. Bludd

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    Find out who makes the drive and download that vendor's specialised HDD utility.
     
  3. orangpelupa

    orangpelupa Elite Bug Hunter
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    thanks Bludd :D

    i used SeaTools from Seagate and it find that the SMART still fine but the blocks are not. It then told me to warranty my hard disk or try repairing it from SeaTools DOS.

    last time i try to fix HDD using DOS will take many hours, i guess ill try it sometime later on holiday lol.
    And i dont have usb to boot aha...
     
  4. grndzro

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    If you are getting bad sectors regularily the HDD is no longer reliable. Transfer data to a new HDD ASAP. Make sure the OS is on a reliable drive.
    What Drive is windows on?
     
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    Back up all (important) data immediately.

    Also, if drive performance varies at times - like when swapping out the drives - maybe other hardware is involved at some level. Have you tried testing your laptop drive on a desktop PC to see if you get the same results?
     
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    Windows is notorious for acting badly when there is a bad disk attached to the system. It will "pick on" that disk incessantly, to the point of the machine being borderline unusable. It will also fill your system event log with disk errors.
     
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