“Hey, I have an old hard disk and has some bad sectors on it. But is still can store and retrieve data. What I want to know is how can I repair the bad sectors? Is there any free software I can use to fix the bad sectors or remove bad sectors from hard disk permanently? All suggestions are appreciated in advance!”
Why you need to remove bad sectors from hard disk?
You may be puzzled about why you need to remove bad sectors from hard disk? First of all, let’s learn some knowledge about bad sector. What is a bad sector? As the name suggests, a bad sector is a sector on the hard drive or flash drive which is inaccessible or un-writeable. It is usually because of the physical damage to the disk surface or the malfunction of the flash transistors. In addition to the quality problems of the hard drive or flash drive itself, natural aging and the non-standard use can also cause damage to the hard disk or flash drive. If the hard drive has bad sectors, you may cannot access the data on it. What’s more, the data on the hard disk may be lost. So, remove bad sectors from hard disk is very necessary!
How to remove bad sectors from hard disk permanently?
Here show you two methods of remove bad sectors from hard disk.
Method 1. Remove bad sectors from hard disk via CMD
You can use the Windows built-in tool to remove bad sectors from hard disk. CHKDKS command prompt is a free built-in tool, and it can be used to check the integrity of a file system and bad sectors of a disk. And find and fix bad sectors, errors, or any other disk problems. Here is the specific steps of removing bad sectors from the hard disk via CMD:
1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run box, typing “cmd” in it and press “Enter”.
2. Input “chkdsk g: /f /r /x” and press “Enter”. (Here “g” is the drive letter of the disk you want to check.)
This option will run the CHKDSK to check and repair bad sectors or other disk errors on G: volume. The “/f” parameter tells CHKDSK to fix any errors it finds, “/r” tells it to locate the bad sectors on the drive and recover readable information, and “/x” forces the drive to dismount before the process starts.
And now you can see the information of the disk such as disk space parameters, file size, and the number of bad sectors.
Method 2. Remove bad sectors from hard disk with third party tool
You may find it a bit complicated to use CMD to remove bad sectors. Actually, if you are not familiar with the command line, it may cause other problems like data loss. How to solve this problem? Don’t be worry! You can use a third part bad sector repair software to complete this operation very easily. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a powerful disk manager which provides many powerful functions like Check Partition. And you can use it to easily remove bad sectors from hard disk in Windows 10/8/7, Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista. Let’s see the step-by-step guide:
Step 1. Download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. Right click the partition you want to check and select “Advanced” > “Check Partition”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, select the way of checking errors to perform. There are three choices, and here we choose the first one “Check partition and fix errors in this …”. Then, click “OK” to continue.
Step 3. After that, you will see the window below. After the progress completed, click “OK”.
Thus, you have already successfully remove bad sectors from hard disk permanently.
To remove bad sectors from hard disk permanently, AOMEI Partition Assistant can be the best choice for you! You can easily remove the bad sectors from hard disk in just a few steps, and it is easier than the command line. Besides Check Partition, it also provides many other powerful functions like Rebuild MBR, format/resize/delete partition and so on. You can also use it to solve the problem like Current read only state yes. If you want to recover the lost volume, you can upgradeto AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.