One day you might hear strange sound from your hard drive. The computer hangs when reading/writing files, cloning partitions, formatting/checking the disk. Windows finally fails to start up after bitter attempts of reading data from HDD. The disk volumes disappear in the Explorer. Well, all these are probably caused by bad sectors on your HDD. PBD(Partition Bad Disk) can fix the bad sector problem by detecting/isolating bad sectors, partitioning the disk to exclude bad sectors from any created partition, or hide bad clusters in the file system. Then OS will ignore/bypass/block the bad sectors. You can adjust the properties of partitions such as the size, the start/stop postions at will, just like an ordinary partition software.
High-efficient and error-robust disk scan algorithm. You won't wait for a whole night just to see your computer hangs or makes little progress in scanning the disk.
You can stop the scan at anytime and continue it later. PBD will save the scan results automatically so that you need not scan the disk again when you want to adjust the partitions next time.
Almost no limitation about the number of created partitions/logical disks.
Visualized disk diagram makes it easy to use. Just click the blocks in the diagram and assigned them to partitions. You can adjust the size of, the start/stop positions of, the type of partitions and split/combine partitions at will.
Provided advanced partitioning strategies. Choose a strategy, and PBD does the rest.
Super Format option allows you to mark bad clusters at file system level. This is useful if you want to create a large partition thus have to include some bad sectors in it(the bad sectors will be mapped out after formatting). It is much faster than traditional format when dealing with massive bad sectors, and it never hangs.
Even your disk has no bad sectors, you can also use PBD as an ordinary easy-to-use partition software.
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).
BLUF: 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.
Details: 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.