How to Fix Accessing a Bad Sector Cause Hard Drive Freeze and Shutdown

I have a failing, dying Seagate hard drive, and my issue is that if I attempt to access a faulty sector or the system attempts to do so, the hard drives stop, freeze, and shut down, and they cease to function until I turn off the computer. How to fix this problem and recover data from this hard drive?

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Dany· Answered on Jan 19, 2023

To fix your hard drive with bad sectors, you can try to remove bad sector from hard disk using CMD. First, you should know that the bad sectors can be physical and logical. Neither the CHKDSK command nor any other program can fix this issue for bad physical sectors. Utilize a third-party tool to block the physically flawed sectors on the hard drive and stop the system and applications from accessing them if you still wish to use the hard drive. Logical bad sectors can be removed by CMD command.

Before the repair, you should use a data recovery tool to rescue data from your hard drive with bad sectors. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can be handy for making the hard drive recovery, and it can recover personal emails, precious documents, valuable photos, and favorite music from your hard drive with bad sectors.

After recovering data from this hard drive, you can open Command Prompt as administrator and type in chkdsk A: /f /r /x. The disk you wish to repair damaged sectors from has a drive letter of "A". The parameters "/f" and "/r" instruct CHKDSK to repair any mistakes it discovers, "/x" requires the drive to unmount before the procedure begins, and "/f" instructs it to detect and repair any bad sectors on the drive. You can also use the Windows Disk Check feature to scan the hard drive with bad sectors, but this method may cause the computer to get stuck/freeze.

If you cannot fix the problem by yourself, you can download a third-party tool to repair the hard drive, or you can find an expert to help you troubleshoot your hard drive.

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