Windows Surface Scanner – Scan and Fix Hard Drive Bad Sectors

I often used to help people in forums, where they mentioned that their hard drive had crashed and that they had lost all their data, just because they did not check the health of their hard drive – and nor did they have any backups. We often run Disk Cleanup, but seldom run Hard Drive scans to make sure that our hard drive is in good health.  It is  imperative that you keep a watch on your Hard Disk health.

In this article I’ll talk about a freeware Windows Surface Scanner, which will scan for bad sectors and generate a report for you. This program will not correct the bad sector, but it just finds them for you.

Once you download it run the setup to install. When you open the application you’ll get the end users agreement. Accept it.

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Then it will take you to the main interface

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First you will have to mount your Hard drive. Click on Mount to start the process

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Once this is done, click on “Scan” to start scanning the hard drive.

What do these Headers mean:

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  • Block: This is the block number at which the read error occurred.
  • Error: This is standard error message that returns during scan
  • Relationship:  This column will explain in simple terms where the unreadable block lies in relationship to any found file systems on the drive.

You can download Windows Surface Scanner from here.

Fix Hard Drive Bad Sectors

Ok, you found a Bad sector – so what next?

Well the first thing that you could do, is start backing up your data because there a good chance your hard drive might fail soon. If your hard is still under warranty then RMA it. If not then next thing is find a way to fix these bad sectors. There are a couple of programs out there which claims to repair bad sector. Each Hard drive manufactures has their own Hard drive diagnostic tools. Check their website and run a diagnostic just to be sure. I’ll recommend few programs which may be able to fix bad sectors.

HDD Bad Sectors Repair is a good program to repair Maxtor hard drives. Then there is Ultimate Boot CD - it has a couple of Hard drive repair utilities. If your willing to pay then one of the widely used paid application is Spinrite, which claims to repair bad sectors.

One of thing you can try is to back up data and perform a “Low Level Format”. You could use KillDisk.

If nothing works then, now a days, hard drives are rather reasonably priced – do consider replacing it.

A Hard Disk’s Click of Death Anthem and Acronis Drive Monitor may also interest you.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumni and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.
  • Caleb

    Can we not use the in built Check Disk tool in Windows 7? Why use this??

  • http://captaindbg.com Shyam Sasindran

    Yes you can. This is just nicer interface. Logs would be a little more precise.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H47TV2NM636OCPDLEM6XSWORMU Juan

    Good question

  • Asgg

    Seem PBD(partition Bad Disk) is the right one to deal with such problem.

  • Dilevehshee

    Hi I downloaded PBD but it doesn’t work any help will be appreciated.

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  • gdfgf

    Download PBD(partition Bad Disk) from http://www.goodlucksoft.com

  • Radrick

    Tried it on Windows 7 Pro (64-Bit) with 3 SATA hard disks and none was detected. No good to me.

  • claversky

    Run PBD as adminitrator

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