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HD Sentinel shows weak sectors and 63% health, replace HD?

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    Windows 8.1

    HD Sentinel shows weak sectors and 63% health, replace HD?


    Problem: Cannot boot into windows, I get a Recovery Page saying my PC needs to be repaired. The Operating system couldn't be loaded because the system registry file is missing or contains errors. Firle \\windows\systems32\config

    So I have booted of my HirenBootCD and ran HD Sentinel which gave me results of weak sectors on the HD and the health is 63%. I tried to plug the HD into my other PC so can backup files and it hangs when I click on the drive to access the files. So have plugged the HD back into the laptop and running a chkdsk /r on the HD.

    Is my HD in need of replacing? How do I backup my files off it?

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    SMART may not always be right about percentage of health or life expectancy left. Weak sectors are not so much of a concern as is bad / relocated sectors count. Did you check for bad sectors ? On that Hireen's boot disk you have several utilities for that, even from different HDD makers. Another utility you probably have on it is HDD Regenerator which can fix software caused bad sectors. Once/if it's fixed you should periodically check for bad sectors and if they keep showing up, only than it becomes critical. I have several HDDs with only 5 - 10% health rating and they do not have bad sectors and work just fine. There may have been problems with them in the past before I got them. SMART is actually just in the HDD's firmware and do not forget past problems even if they were fixed.
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    Windows 8.1


    I ran chkdsk to remap the weak the sectors, but it froze half way through. Then did another check with HD Sentinel, It nows shows 71 bad sectors and 13% Health and over 1000 weak sectors.
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    Looks like that one had it and it's in a fast way out. The more you test it or try to repair it , it will be worse. If there are very important files and data I would get another one first, install Windows on it and than connect that one again co copy all that is not damaged to the new one. That would be the safest way. Easy if it's a desktop computer but if a laptop, may involve an USB adapter.
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    Windows 8.1


    I plugged the drive into a 2.5" caddy, and connected to my desktop via usb. Windows detected it and installed the driver. But when i go browse the drive to copy data off it. It freezes windows explorer. So had to send the drive away to data recovery company. Just not sure if they can make a recovery dvd for me from the HD so i can install windows, as I didn't make one.
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    If they manage to save backup partition, maybe but if it's OEM windows you can install windows again without problem as it goes by BIOS for activation.
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    Yeh its OEM i believe, no product key sticker on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by subby6 View Post
    Yeh its OEM i believe, no product key sticker on the back.
    If the data recovery service could recover files back and could get a bootable image of your drive then you should be fine.
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HD Sentinel shows weak sectors and 63% health, replace HD?
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