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The device, \Device\Harddisk2\DR2, has a bad block.

    Question

  • I am having a hard drive issue and im hoping its just a couple bad blocks that can be fixed via low level format heres the error message though. If you think I am screwed let me know cause its a game clients fault that this started happening never had the issue before until I installed said game client.

    - System
    - Provider
    [ Name] Disk
    - EventID 7
    [ Qualifiers] 49156
    Level 2
    Task 0
    Keywords 0x80000000000000
    - TimeCreated
    [ SystemTime] 2012-01-01T17:23:40.980400000Z
    EventRecordID 20606
    Channel System
    Computer Bob-PC
    Security
    - EventData
    \Device\Harddisk2\DR2
        030080000100000000000000070004C0000100009C0000C0000000000000000000E069CB01000000F939130000000000FFFFFFFF01000000580000840200000000200A1240032040000000003C000000000000000000000018DD370980FAFFFF0000000000000000C004D30480FAFFFFA0E6CB0880FAFFFFF0B4E50000000000280000E5B4F000000800000000000000F00003000000000B00000000000000000000000000000000


    Binary data:

    In Words

    0000: 00800003 00000001 00000000 C0040007
    0008: 00000100 C000009C 00000000 00000000
    0010: CB69E000 00000001 001339F9 00000000
    0018: FFFFFFFF 00000001 84000058 00000002
    0020: 120A2000 40200340 00000000 0000003C
    0028: 00000000 00000000 0937DD18 FFFFFA80
    0030: 00000000 00000000 04D304C0 FFFFFA80
    0038: 08CBE6A0 FFFFFA80 00E5B4F0 00000000
    0040: E5000028 0000F0B4 00000008 00000000
    0048: 000300F0 0B000000 00000000 00000000
    0050: 00000000 00000000

    In Bytes

    0000: 03 00 80 00 01 00 00 00 ..€.....
    0008: 00 00 00 00 07 00 04 C0 .......À
    0010: 00 01 00 00 9C 00 00 C0 ....œ..À
    0018: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
    0020: 00 E0 69 CB 01 00 00 00 .àiË....
    0028: F9 39 13 00 00 00 00 00 ù9......
    0030: FF FF FF FF 01 00 00 00 ÿÿÿÿ....
    0038: 58 00 00 84 02 00 00 00 X..„....
    0040: 00 20 0A 12 40 03 20 40 . ..@. @
    0048: 00 00 00 00 3C 00 00 00 ....<...
    0050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
    0058: 18 DD 37 09 80 FA FF FF .Ý7.€úÿÿ
    0060: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
    0068: C0 04 D3 04 80 FA FF FF À.Ó.€úÿÿ
    0070: A0 E6 CB 08 80 FA FF FF æË.€úÿÿ
    0078: F0 B4 E5 00 00 00 00 00 ð´å.....
    0080: 28 00 00 E5 B4 F0 00 00 (..å´ð..
    0088: 08 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
    0090: F0 00 03 00 00 00 00 0B ð.......
    0098: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
    00a0: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........

    Sunday, January 01, 2012 5:37 PM

Answers

  • In my experience, which spans 3+ decades, a disk drive reporting a bad block is doomed to failure, and not too long from now.

    Do NOT continue to rely on this drive!

    If you don't already have full System Image backups, make a fresh one now, while you still can (while the bad blocks are being recovered).  Don't overwrite any older backups, either!  Buy a new MyBook external USB drive if you have to - they're not expensive.

    You might want to attempt a full backup BEFORE you try a CHKDSK operation.  CHKDSK will stress already weak/failing hardware, and you might lose everything.  I've been there, done that.

    And when you consder what replacement drive to buy, keep in mind that with an electromechanical device you get what you pay for.  I recommend getting only top of the line, high MTBF drives such as the Western Digital RE4 series.  They're a bit more expensive (but not insanely so), and consider the cost to you, even just in time alone, of complete loss of your data.

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:57 PM

All replies

  • Please Run The CHKDSK command to checking desk Error :

     

    How to run Chkdsk at the command prompt

    1. ClickStart, and then clickRun.
    2. InOpen, typecmd ( Run As Administrator ), and then press ENTER.
    3. Chkdsk

     

    Regards,

     


    MCP ✦ MCTS ✦ MCITP
    Sunday, January 01, 2012 6:06 PM
  • In my experience, which spans 3+ decades, a disk drive reporting a bad block is doomed to failure, and not too long from now.

    Do NOT continue to rely on this drive!

    If you don't already have full System Image backups, make a fresh one now, while you still can (while the bad blocks are being recovered).  Don't overwrite any older backups, either!  Buy a new MyBook external USB drive if you have to - they're not expensive.

    You might want to attempt a full backup BEFORE you try a CHKDSK operation.  CHKDSK will stress already weak/failing hardware, and you might lose everything.  I've been there, done that.

    And when you consder what replacement drive to buy, keep in mind that with an electromechanical device you get what you pay for.  I recommend getting only top of the line, high MTBF drives such as the Western Digital RE4 series.  They're a bit more expensive (but not insanely so), and consider the cost to you, even just in time alone, of complete loss of your data.

     

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my new eBook: Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options

    Sunday, January 01, 2012 9:57 PM
  • A bad block doesn;t necessarily mean the end of the drive, you should
    check the SMART statistics and error log to determine if any other
    problems exist with the drive. If there are only a couple of bad blocks,
    they can be marked by the operating system so that they are not used,
     
     
    You should also perform an integrity check to make sure that the OS
    identifies the bad blocks and does not have any critical files using
    those blocks,
     
     

    -- Mike Burr
    Technology
    Sunday, January 01, 2012 11:41 PM
  • Yea I had gotten around to low level formatting the drive after saving the stuff I needed and after i reinstalled 7 the drive was reporting more errors than it had in the first place and this time none of them were bad blocks they were unrecoverable sector mostly so the drive is dead at this point.
    Monday, January 02, 2012 3:03 AM
  • Hi Noel, 

    I was facing the same issue and came to the forum to get help. I saw your answer it was exactly what I had thought of. Now the drive that is giving this error was my old Laptop's hard disk which I have converted into a USB drive by getting a converter from the market. Now I used this USB drive mainly to copy movies or songs to watch on my LCD tv. When I connect this drive to my LCD tv, it works fine (well apart from a couple of folders). I can watch movies that are already copied. But when connect this to my laptop it does not show up as a drive, rather it fills the event log with the same error and slow the computer right down. 

    What I want to know is, "Is there a way to format this drive to get some space recovered?" I mean even if i have to lose half of the space of the drive i wouldn't mind, but atleast i would be able to copy new data to the drive.

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:39 PM
  • Well, there's the possibility to do a CHKDSK /R on the drive, which attempts to determine what sectors, if any, are bad.  I can appreciate the desire not to spend money, but keep in mind that you may forget the drive is iffy and end up relying on it for something you'd rather not lose.  New drives - even SSDs nowadays - aren't going to break the bank.

    Note the highlighted info below:

    C:\TEMP>help chkdsk
    Checks a disk and displays a status report.


    CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]] [/B]


      volume          Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
                      mount point, or volume name.
      filename        FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation.
      /F              Fixes errors on the disk.
      /V              On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
                      on the disk.
                      On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
      /R              Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
                      (implies /F).
      /L:size         NTFS only:  Changes the log file size to the specified number
                      of kilobytes.  If size is not specified, displays current
                      size.
      /X              Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
                      All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid
                      (implies /F).
      /I              NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
      /C              NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder
                      structure.
      /B              NTFS only: Re-evaluates bad clusters on the volume
                      (implies /R)

    The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by
    skipping certain checks of the volume.

      

    -Noel


    Detailed how-to in my eBooks:  

    Configure The Windows 7 "To Work" Options
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    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 7:12 PM