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    Apr. 26, 2013
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5 stars

"Best program to necro dead Hard disks"

January 05, 2014  |  By obadyi

2014-01-05 19:59:41  |  By obadyi

 |  Version: Partition Bad Disk 3.3.2


easy to use
very effective




I've a hard disk 80GB Maxtor that I was going to throw in the garbage bin after I failed to operate it reliably for more than a few minutes!

I tried several programs that scan for bad sectors, tried low level format, re-partition all to no avail UNTILL I discovered this software. I'm very happy that I saved this old HD.

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5 stars

"Identified and isolated 67Gb of "bad area" on 2Tb drive"

August 17, 2013  |  By craig.knapp1

2013-08-17 11:53:00  |  By craig.knapp1

 |  Version: Partition Bad Disk 3.3.2


17AUG2013. Easy to use, got usable results.


None that I have encountered.


17AUG2013. I recently had a 2TB E-Sata internal WD brand drive start giving me "bad sector" indications (certain sub-directories could not be read by file browsers, CHKDSK was running during boot-up identifying "bad sectors" supposedly marking them for non-use or repairing them, yet still some sub-directories were unreadable).

BEFORE running PBD, be sure to copy data from the failing drive to a good drive, and attempt data recovery (using software like "Active Partition Recovery" which also has a "File Recovery" utility built in), recovering missing data to a different drive than the one you are attempting to repair.

I downloaded, installed, and ran PBD which identified 67GB of the 2TB internal drive as "bad". After registering PBD for $29.95, PBD created new Logical Space for the 67GB of "bad space". Next, using Win7, I ran the Disk Management utility:
Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Computer Management\Storage Disk Management
and set the identified 67GB "bad space" as the "Z: Drive", then set the 1.87TB Healthy Partition (created by PDD) as the "D: Drive" giving it a Volume Name of "2Tb_IntData".

Then, I rebooted the computer and CHKDSK did not run (thankfully!..indicating to me, that it was not detecting bad sectors). I checked my system using 2xExplorer (a dual pane file browser..why use BILL GATES..I mean MY COMPUTER when there are NON-MS alternatives?...but I digress, the D: Drive reported 1.87TB of free space, and the Z: Drive indicated 67GB of free space (of course I will not use the Z: drive as it should be mostly "bad space".

I have restored data to the D: Drive from my backup drive and am having no issues. I am hoping that the drive does not continue to fail and create more "bad sectors", that this is a one time incident. If more bad sectors appear on this drive, I may have to replace the drive. However, the $29.95 I paid for PBD is worth it so far, as I have learned of another useful piece of software to add to my arsenal of tools.

I am diligent about data protection, which, despite the failing hard drive, prevented me from going into "panic mode" for fear of data loss.

I use Carbonite for real-time backup to "The Cloud" and Kaspersky AV software. I also have SyncBack Express set to automatically backup data to an external USB drive nightly (I shoot/edit photos almost daily and create/edit a considerable amount of data daily, so this is important to me). I also use SyncBack Express to manually backup data to another USB drive weekly (which I do not leave plugged in to the system, thus giving me a weekly backup in case there is a problem with the daily backup).

When my drive started giving me trouble I only had to "restore" a minimal amount of data from the failing drive using ACTIVE PARTITION RECOVERY's File Recovery Utility, then I used PBD to isolate the "bad sectors" of the failing drive.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3.2
Version 3.3.2 fixed some bugs.
Publisher Goodlucksoft
Publisher web site
Release Date April 25, 2013
Date Added April 26, 2013
Version 3.3.2
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 4.67MB
File Name
Total Downloads 14,759
Downloads Last Week 2
License Model Free to try
Limitations Limited functionality
Price $9.95

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