Windows 7 - A bad block on harddisk

Asked By Fixgir on 16-Feb-07 10:53 AM
I'm running XP Home. Last days I got several times error 7 in Event Log
Messages:
I'm afraid that it can be begginning of BIG CRASH or maybe be not! I think
that i is possible to change register entry but where amd which changes must
I do.
Please help me.  Thank you!




SingaporeWebDesign replied on 16-Feb-07 10:58 AM
Hello,

It is highly likely that you are right - "BIG CRASH" may come soon...

So backup your data before continuing usage of the hard disk!

I do not understand your question - registry entry change for what? to
remove the errors? If that's what you are trying to ask, no, its not
possible as it is a hardware problem.

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MAP replied on 16-Feb-07 11:02 AM
A bad block means that you have a disc error, not really a big deal unless
it happens all the time, run checkdisc with the "f" for fix block checked
this check may take a few hours depending on your system.
follow thie link below.


http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-
us/chkdsk.mspx?mfr=true

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JS replied on 16-Feb-07 11:05 AM
There is a utility that worth looking into if you want more info about the
condition of your hard drive.
SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
The SMART tab displays current smart info (health status) on the drive you
select and at your option provides an on-line analysis of the drive.

JS
Juan Perez replied on 16-Feb-07 11:11 AM
Hi:

This could be two things:

1- You have software error in your H.Disk Drive. This normally could be
fixed formatting the machine and reinstalling the OS and your data.

2- You have a hardware error in your HDD. Even after done a backup and
formatting, the error will be there. This means that you will have to change
your HDD.


In any case, your are at risk to losse your data. First thing it is to
backup your data and have ready a copy of your OS. Your computer
manufacturer, should have given to you a CD or DVD, with the software.

Any query, just ask 8-)


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Un saludo
Juan Perez
Dave Cohen replied on 16-Feb-07 12:28 PM
1. To the person who said not to worry - do worry, hd's are initially
low level formatted and bad blocks are marked and relocated. In English
this means you shouldn't be seeing any on a new drive. Drives that
develop hard errors after that are suspect for early failure.
2. You don't want to try to repeat that format, it's done at the factory
and even if you could it would simply update the bad block table, the hd
is still suspect.
3. The best backup is an image backup. If you have a dvd burner (or
external hd), you can download and make a boot disk (bootitng) from
www.terabyteunlimited.com. You can do the backup without installing the
product. You could also get a new hd, these often come with cloning
software but you need to be a little (not a lot) technical to do this.
Dave Cohen
JohnO replied on 16-Feb-07 01:31 PM
As the others say, get your data to a safe place...that means some other
hard drive or portable disk. Do that as soon as possible. Basically, you
need to prepare yourself to reinstall Windows on another hard drive. It
could crash next week, or it may never crash, but fortunately you've been
warned.

Next, the easiest thing to do is open the drive properties (right-click c:\
and select props...)

On the tools tab, click the Check Now button. Check both boxes, and follow
the instructions...you might need to reboot. Checkdisk will run, and fix
anything that can be fixed.

Keep any eye on those event logs...if the errors continue or you see more of
them, it's time to check if the drive is under warranty or to buy a new one.

-John O
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:37 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.
I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Greatings.
Fixgirls from Stockholm.
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:40 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.
What is the difference between CHDSKK /f and CHDSKK /r?
I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Greatings.
Fixgirls from Stockholm.
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:42 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.
I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Greatings.
Fixgirls from Stockholm.
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:44 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.

I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Un saludo de Estoccolmo
Fixgirls.
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:44 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.
I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Greatings.
Fixgirls from Stockholm.
Fixgir replied on 16-Feb-07 02:46 PM
Hi,
Thank you very much for your answer.
I have backups at extra harddisk.
What is the difference between CHDSKK /f and CHDSKK /r?
I want to try  to repair the disk by run CHDSKK /r and if it doesn’t help by
run full CHKDSK. The last way is to do a new installation from my recovery CD
with Windows XP.
What do you think about it?

Greatings.
Fixgirls from Stockholm.
Jaymo replied on 16-Feb-07 08:07 PM
Hi,
See the link below for more info on the chkdsk (/f /r) usage..
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/chkdsk.mspx?mfr=true
As long as you have a backup..
Go for it..
Cheers
j;-j
MAP replied on 17-Feb-07 10:00 AM
And you know this is a new drive how?( it wasn't mentioned in the post)
My system is going on four years old now and after the first 6 months I had
the very same thing, 3 and a half years later .......well it's still
ticking.

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Mike Pawlak
Loren Pechtel replied on 18-Feb-07 11:01 PM
In the old days it was not a big deal.

These days, a block that fails is another matter.  I would find that
quite worrysome.
Loren Pechtel replied on 20-Feb-07 09:59 PM
Personally, I would replace the drive but I use my machine for work,
not just surfing etc.
Fixgir replied on 21-Feb-07 11:51 AM
Hello Mike,

My computer is 4 years old. I didn't do anything about error yet (error 7 in
Event Log
Messages:  \Device\Harddisk0\D, has a bad block). My hard disk has 2
partitions: C for programs - about 8 Gb) and D for my actually used files -
about 3 Gb  (about 95% are the pictures and Words documents). I have an extra
hard disk with more data and backups from D disk.
Is … Harddisk0\D means that I have a bad block in D partition? Do you think
I can try to run: chkdsk d: /f from Start, Run or is it better with chkdsk /f
for whole disk? Is this command checks my extra hard disk (device G) too?

With hope for answer.

Ewa.
Loren Pechtel replied on 21-Feb-07 09:09 PM
On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:51:19 -0800, Fixgirl


Chkdsk checks one partition at a time.

The error is saying it's the D partition of the first hard disk.

If you're going to keep the drive you certainly need good backups. The
drive is on the way out.
cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) replied on 22-Feb-07 05:20 PM
On Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:09:44 -0800, Loren Pechtel


If it's a Seagate, you may be in luck, if your HD was after they upped
the warranty period to 5 years.  Then again, if it's a Brand Name PC,
then the brand's "value add" may have botched this warranty cover.



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