How to Recover Data from Hard Drive with Bad Sectors

In this post, you are going to learn two ways to recover data from a hard drive with bad sectors. You can run EaseUS Disk Copy to clone a hard disk with bad sectors. Or recover data from HDD with bad sectors using EaseUS data recovery software.

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Tracy King

Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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"My Windows 10 computer got stuck in a boot repair loop. After some investigation, I found bad sectors, especially issues with system 32, to be the problem. I'd love to get the data off my old drive. How can I recover data from hard drive with bad sectors?"

What Does a Bad Sector Mean in Windows 10/8/7

Bad sectors often occur when the disk surface gets physical damage, or the transistors fail. Usually, bad sectors on the hard drive or external storage devices are either inaccessible or unwriteable. With more bad sectors accumulating on the hard drive, the more data you'll lose on it. And the hard drive may not even be able to work or function normally again.

a hard drive with bad sectors

Considering this feature of the bad sector, we highly recommend you get and restore data from the hard drive to a new storage device before the growing bad sectors take over your drive.

Tip 1. Clone and Copy Hard Drive Data to New Drive Skipping Bad Sectors

When your hard drive is failing to function properly with bad sectors, the most straightforward way to resolve this issue is not to repair the existing bad sectors but to clone hard drive data skipping bad sectors to a new secure drive.

Here we'd like to recommend you try a 100% working disk cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy that fully supports all Windows system disk cloning or hard drive upgrading with simple clicks.

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You can apply it to clone the hard drive data without bad sectors to a new disk. To guarantee a higher success rate, we'd like to recommend you create a bootable disk in advance. You can follow the tutorial steps below to start the process now:

Step 1. Download, install and run EaseUS Disk Copy on your PC.

Click "Disk Mode" and select the hard drive that you want to copy or clone. Click "Next" to continue.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2. Select the destination disk.

Note: The destination disk should be at least the same big or even larger than the source disk if you want to copy or clone the source hard disk.

select the destination disk

Step 3. Check and edit the disk layout.

If your destination disk is an SSD drive, do remember to Check the option if the target is SSD.

confirm the message

Step 4. Click "OK" to confirm if the program asks to erase data on the destination disk.

check the diak layout

Step 5. Click "Proceed" to start the hard drive cloning process.

click proceed to start the cloning process

If the hard drive is not working properly and can't even boot, please refer to clone failing hard drive to new HDD/SSD for a guide.

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Tip 2. Recover Data from a Hard Drive with Bad Sectors

The other way that can help you get data off the hard drive with a bad sector is to restore existing and lost data from it to a secure disk or external storage device.

Professional hard drive data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can find all existing and lost data from your hard drive with bad sectors. Besides, this data recovery software can:

  • Recover lost files, documents, photos, audio, music, and emails easily.
  • Recover files from SD card, emptied recycle bin, memory card, and flash drive.
  • Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, and virus attack.

If the hard drive with bad sectors is still working on your PC, follow the steps below to restore and get data off the hard drive with bad sectors:

Step 1. Select the drive where you lose your data and click "Scan".

select and scan the hard drive

Step 2. Use "Filter" or "Search" to find the lost files when the scan completes.

Preview lost hard drive data

Step 3. Select all the files you want and click "Recover". Then, browse another secure location to save them.

recover data from hard drive

If your hard drive is completely dead, please refer to recover data from a dead external hard drive as a guide. The operation steps are the same as your hard drive.

Extra Tip: How to Repair Bad Sectors on Your Hard Drive

After you have cloned the hard drive and recovered data from it, you can repair your hard drive with these steps below:

Download EaseUS CleanGenius and install it on your computer. Let's start checking and refixing file system error on your device now.

Step 1. Click "File Showing" to enter the next step.

click file showing

Step 2. Choose the target device and tick the box of "Check and fix file system error". Click "Execute" to start fixing the problematic device.

select device and check fix file system error

Step 3. When the fixing process completes, click "here" to open and use your device. 

After fixing file system error, click to open and use device


To recover data from hard drive with bad sectors, you need first to use EaseUS Disk Copy to clone a drive with bad sectors to a new drive, then use the data recovery software to recover your data.

Bad sectors on your hard drive can lead to complete inaccessibility of the drives and data loss. If your hard disk has some bad sectors, try the solutions in this post. EaseUS Disk Copy makes it easy to solve hard disk errors.

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FAQs on Recover Data from Hard Drive with Bad Sectors

1. Should I replace a drive with bad sectors?

It is recommendable to replace a hard drive with bad sectors with a new one. If you do not want to lose data on the old drive, you can clone the drive to a new one with the help of professional cloning software - EaseUS Disk Copy.

2. Can data be recovered from bad sectors?

There are circumstances in which data can be recovered from an HDD with bad sectors. However, there is never a guarantee because of how bad sectors operate.

3. Can a hard disk with bad sectors be repaired?

Bad sectors can be fixed on a hard disk, but it depends on what kind of bad sector it is. There is a chance to fix a logical bad sector, also called a soft bad sector. The sector cannot be rectified if it is a physical bad sector, also called a hard bad sector.

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