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The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.

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    Windows 8.1 Single Language English

    The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.


    Have been getting the error as below -
    The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.

    Have had to reinstall OS afresh a week back due to frequent errors as above. Even after Windows 8.1 reinstalled from Recovery Partition by System, I continue to get the above error. Would be grateful if someone can guide me on resolving this issue.

    P.S.: Am not a geek, so can't open my laptop (which is under warranty). Can do some tinkering within Windows, else reinstall Windows afresh from Recovery Partition again, but guess it won't resolve this issue.

    Thanks
    Ramesh

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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Have you made recent restorable full image backups of your OS partition and your Data partition? If not, I recommend Macrium Reflect's Intelligent Copy during full image-making onto your available and trusted external media. I do not know for sure, however, I'm wondering if you will soon need an under-warranty hard-drive replacement. Computer warranty does not cover any software that I know of.

    Addendum: I amended my post to +1 the next poster.
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    It means the hard drive is on its way out a bad block is a damaged part of the disk which isn't repairable you want a new drive if it's still covered
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    Windows 8.1 Single Language English


    Thanks @RolandJS and @Samurai for your prompt responses. I was also told of the same by my IT Admin in office. However, I already have the OS Recovery on 3 DVDs, which the system had prompted me to create when I first started using it. However, I realized recently, that it doesn't allow creating these Recovery DVDs again, as it seems to somehow "remember" that it was created once before. Got to know that this can be done JUST ONCE. Sad ! Hope my DVDs work when I replace the defective HDD, which may be anytime soon :-(
    No @RolandJS, I have got all my data on D: drive and have backed up all of it on an external HDD as well as a 32Gb USB 3.0 Flash Drive, so no worries on data. But, when I do get the HDD replaced, even if for Free (as laptop is under warranty), I reckon I will have to use my Recovery DVDs only to restore my licensed Windows 8.1 and all supplementary s/w which came with the laptop.

    From the responses I've got so far, it does seem my HDD is going to croak anytime. So, guess getting it replaced by the Authorized Service Center of HP is my only option.

    P.S.: I have heard of 3rd party utility s/w like Norton Utilities which are believed to help sort out such issues. Would buying n using it help in my case ?
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    Norton and things can't fix s hardware fault drives normally have two years warranty it would be worth going to makers site of the hr they normally have s test program for their drives which produces a report to get it replaced. It's not unknow for Windows to report wrong
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    Austin TX metro area
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    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    "I have heard of 3rd party utility s/w like Norton Utilities which are believed to help sort out such issues. Would buying n using it help in my case?" In the old days of platter-driven HDs, my NU 2001 - NU 2005 would fix a hard-drive's non-physical errors, a hard-drive's "logical [software-wise] errors. I'm not certain what modern NU can do with modern day platter-driven hard-drives.

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    Windows 8.1 Single Language English

    Errors about bad sectors in hard drive as per Event Viewer


    Thanks folks. Since these bad sectors are showing up even after reinstalling OS afresh through Recovery option, and HP's own software to check internal HDD shows Short DST Failed error, I have decided to get the drive replaced asap, and use my Recovery Media to reinstall OS+ afresh on new HDD. Thanks for your suggestions though,
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The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.
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