Bad sectors are sections of your computer's hard drive that have been damaged, and have lost the ability to save and store your data.
What Causes Bad Sectors?
The main reason for bad sectors is a loss of magnetism of the hard drive surface in certain areas with time. Another reason for bad sectors is improper shutdown: suddenly shut down in the middle of writing data to the hard drive, holding down the Power button to force a shutdown, or the computer freezes or locks up. A failing read-write head of a hard disk is another cause of bad sectors getting created.
How to Fix Bad Sectors?
Magnetic weakening will eventually lead to the total failure of the hard drive. However, if the problem is due to inconsistencies in parity checking bits, it can be corrected by using appropriate software that can rewrite and restore these bits.
Fix Genius is certainly an excellent option for Windows users to fix any computer problems, such as fix bad sectors. Only a few clicks, you can finish the task perfectly. Below are easy steps.
Step 1: To burn a start-up disk, insert a CD into another usable computer and launch Fix Genius on it after you download and install this software. Click "Burn"to start burning a bootable CD.
Step 2: Insert the newly burned CD to the computer with bad sectors. Go to BIOS setup to change the boot order: set the CD as the first boot device.
Step 3: Go to "Windows Rescue"-> "Crash before Loading Bar" -> "Run Disk Check to Repair Bad Sectors".
Done! It takes only several minutes to repair bad sectors.
How to Prevent Bad Sectors?
You can help prevent bad sectors by paying attention to both the hardware and the software on your computer.
Always shut down your computer correctly - use an uninterrupted power supply if your house is prone to blackouts;
Make sure your computer is kept cool and dust free;
Make sure you buy good quality hardware from respected brands;
Always move your computer carefully;
Keep your data cables as short as possible;
Use a quality disk defragmenter program with automated scheduling to help prevent head crashes (head crashes can create hard bad sectors). Disk defragmentation reduces hard drive wear and tear, thus prolonging its lifetime and preventing bad sectors;
Run a quality anti-virus and anti-malware software and keep the programs updated.
If those prevention solutions don't work and bad sectors are created, use Fix Genius to fix bad sectors.