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    Default Hard disk bad sector

    I have an external 1.5TB WD HDD 1021 drive that will not allow me to backup information to it. It hangs up about 20 seconds after the backup operation begins. I ran the extended option of the Data Lifeguard Diagnostic utility on the drive and it took 20 hours to complete. The test results said the drive had too many bad sectors. I'm trying to backup a disk image (with Window 7) onto the hard drive. Any words of wisdom on a possible solution?

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    You should copy everything from this drive to another drive as soon as possible. This hard drive that has bad sectors will fail completely very soon and before all your data is lost you should save it. Not much you can do really. Buy a new one.

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    slightly off topic: can such hard disk be reformatted (after copying data)
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    Yes it can be reformatted but in my own personal experience once a hard drive has some bad sectors then it does not take long for large amounts of data to be lost. This hard drive can probably be used for some time but reliability would be questionable in my opinion.

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    Well, in my opinion what best you can do is take out all the date from the Hard Drive as soon as possible, you should turn on your computer in Safe Mode because it will not that take that much of time to load the driver from the Hard Drive sectors. Reformatting is not the solution of this problem may be you can change the Hard Drive Platter, which is totally as like that you are purchasing a new Hard Drive. You should buy a new Hard Drive that would be good for you, because you can not rely on the hardware like that. Data is more important than Hard Drive so save your data.

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    Yes, I totally agree with @Admin that if your external HD starts developing bad sectors better you take safe custody of your data first and go for a new one. With bad sectors it is no more a reliable source for storing data.

    It is said that if you keep your external HD idle for long time, there are high chances of its failure. So access the data in your HD in between. You should never disconnect a portable HD when it is writing / reading data and whenever you disconnect it do it properly. Always keep it on a flat surface. These small steps can ensure longevity of your disk without any issues.

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    Try EaseUS software. It repairs bad sectors, if possible. But as others suggested, it is always good to take precaution. Trail version is available. Get it and use it before you buy.

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