Tag Archives: SMART

Reallocated sectors, pending sectors and event count. Dealing with bad sectors.

It often goes like this. Your PC is acting weird, sluggish. You can’t put your finger on it. Someone, maybe in an online forum, suggests you may have hard disk problems. The term bad sectors is used. Windows Event Viewer may refer to a bad block. It is then suggested to look at the disk’s… Read More »

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We give away 10 lifetime HD Sentinel Pro licenses (value $29.95)!  We’ll give away a license every 10 likes! Ended! As we have 10 licenses to give away, we reached out goal! We will draw winners later today and announce them on our FB page. Thank you all!!!! What do you have to do? Visit… Read More »

Hard disk diagnostics and bad sector repair using DiskPatch

Using DiskPatch you can repair bad sectors very much like a utility like Spinrite but without the hocus-pocus-factor. Hard disk diagnostics using SMART DiskPatch (DIY DataRecovery.nl) includes a S.M.A.R.T. diagnostic utility. Since DiskPatch runs from a boot USB key it can even check disk health if the PC fails to boot. To create a DiskPatch… Read More »

Two alternatives to Spinrite

Monitoring and examining a hard disk’s health – Looking for a Spinrite alternative Data Recovery If there is an immediate need to recover data from a failing disk, the best advise I can give is to use a file recovery software. Good file recovery software like ReclaiMe or iRecover will allow you to create a… Read More »

Finding out which file is affected by a bad sector

Hard disk ‘repair’ software like Spinrite, DiskPatch or the hard disk manufacturer diagnostic software often identifies bad sectors in the form of an LBA address (logical block addressing). A commonly asked question is, “how do I determine, which file is affected by a bad sector?”. What is bad sector repair? Bad sector repair utilities do not actually… Read More »

Defrag and SSD hard disks and VSS and more

Quite a bit has changed since the inception of DiskTune, for example SSD harddisks are now widely available. Consensus is that defragging a SSD hard disk is unnecessary and even undesired [1]? Hmm, interesting read. Anyway, it would be a good idea for DiskTuna to determine if a volume resides on a conventional hard disk or a… Read More »