install vista over hdd with bad sectors

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Neerav Kothari, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. there are some bad sectors on my 160gb hdd at the beginning. i want to
    remove xp and install vista. is there a way that vista can mark the bad
    sectors and avoid them during installition itslef so there there are no
    issues after installition.

    xp didnt do that. it ran chkdsk after installition and while it works fine
    it is damn slow and booting also takes a lot of time.

    i know hdd replacament is the right thing but it takes a month here for
    seagate hdd replacments under warranty.

    thanks in advance.
    Neerav Kothari, Dec 30, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    No, there is nothing you can do ahead of time. Personally, I wouldn't even
    risk it with a drive that I know is bad.
    Rick Rogers, Dec 30, 2007
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  3. You might download the Ultimate Boot CD ( It
    has a few different hard disk utilities that might do what you want.
    Although, I probably wouldn't chance it. I'd wait, myself.
    Dustin Harper, Dec 30, 2007
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    Curious Guest

    Almost all drives today have some bad sectors and a complete full
    reformatting normally takes care of this by remapping the true bad sectors
    to other sectors transparent to the OS.
    Curious, Dec 30, 2007
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    If a drive has enough bad sectors that Windows sees them the drive should be
    replaced. Current hard drives have spare sectors that the drive's firmware
    maps in when a bad sector is encountered. If Windows is seeing bad sectors
    all the spare sectors are already used up. All manufacturers will warranty a
    drive if there are bad sectors.
    Kerry Brown, Dec 30, 2007
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    Andy Guest

    Create a small partition that "covers" the bad sectors, and either
    don't use that partition or hide it using something like MBRWizard.
    Use the rest of the disk to install Vista.
    Andy, Dec 30, 2007
  7. Get a new drive.

    You'll be soooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrry.... ;-)

    I wouldn't be surprised if VISTA refused to load after a failed disk check.

    Even a bloated XP should boot in less than 60 seconds. You have
    issues with maintenance that supercede your automatically over-
    looked bad sectors.

    Are you telling me you didn't get $69 for Christmas ?? (Avg. selling price of 160 G)

    Keep your XP and do a clean install of it on a nice clean hard drive. You will be
    shocked at the speed and happiness of your like-new XP computer.

    If your VISTA is an 'upgrade,' you will lose your license to run XP.
    David Morgan \(MAMS\), Dec 30, 2007

  8. A great way to end up with an unstable OS is to install it on instable
    hardware. What are you thinking?!!!

    Wait until you get the replacement hard drive.
    Mike Hall - MVP, Dec 30, 2007
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    philo Guest

    There would be no sense to use that drive...
    (In addition to the bad sectors, you mentioned that the drive was very
    'slow'...which means that it probably has read/write errors and is probably
    near total failure)
    It make sense to install Vista on it..

    You need to get a new drive and install Vista on that...
    if it takes a month to get the original drive replaced under warranty...
    so be it.
    Not a bad idea to have a spare
    philo, Dec 30, 2007
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    Neerav Guest

    "Keep your XP and do a clean install of it on a nice clean hard drive. You
    will be
    shocked at the speed and happiness of your like-new XP computer.

    If your VISTA is an 'upgrade,' you will lose your license to run XP."

    is smoother and faste the xp and i never want to look back.

    i think the bad sector issue was a false alarm. the seagate website mentions
    that even if the sata cable go loose at times windows reports bad sectors.
    and i replugged them and everything seems fime.

    thanks for ur help guys.
    Neerav, Dec 31, 2007
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    Neerav Guest

    thats because i installed linux on one of the partition and got everything
    wrong. now i got rid of that stupid unprofessional os and now things are
    like before.
    Neerav, Dec 31, 2007
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    philo Guest

    No, Linux did not create bad sectors on the drive...
    they would have been there prior to the installation.

    If the drive is bad, you will save a lot of trouble
    if you replace it now
    philo, Dec 31, 2007
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