Interested in any program which and mark out bad sectors on HDD

Hi Everyone:

      I have a friend with a HDD which is starting to become defective.  When scandisk was run, it indicated 32KB of bad sectors on an 80GB HDD.  With this point in mind, I am wondering if it is possible to "block out" this area so data is not accidentally allocated to this area and become corrupt.

      I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on this post.

      George
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w00pieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm

Is hitachi's Drive Fitness Test also has a corrupt sectors fix but at same time if sectors are bad, i might look into getting a new drive problems generally just grow and sectors will spread
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hi

        Thanks for the tips guys.  And, I agree.  A new HDD will need to be considered in this situation eventhough the pc appears to be running decently.

         On a sidenote, I wonder what makes HDD's go bad?  Just curious.

         George
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CallandorCommented:
> On a sidenote, I wonder what makes HDD's go bad?  Just curious.

Sometimes, lubrication dries up, voltage spikes hit the controller, the drive is subjected to shocks, or the surface can no longer reliably hold magnetism.
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_Commented:
Thank you much.    : )

callandor forgot to say: "borderline batch" of components.    : )
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CallandorCommented:
You mean junky parts?  No one would stoop so low, would they? ;-)
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_Commented:
Not on purpose, I'm sure.   < yeah, right >   : )
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