Current Pending Sector Account Repair and Data Recovery

Jean updated on Jan 21, 2021 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

What does the 'Current Pending Sector Count' (1,2,8...100,200) mean? And how to repair a SMART hard drive error? This post gives you answers! Meanwhile, to rescue as much data as possible by using the EaseUS hard drive recovery software is also suggested.

Two solutions to fix current pending sector account error:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover Data with Software Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you lost data, and then click "Scan". Select files to recover. Click "Recover"...Full steps
Fix 2. Upgrade the Hard Drive Click the given link so you can learn a detailed guide about how to clone a hard drive (HDD/SSD) with bad sectors by using the disk copy software...Full steps

Overview of Current Pending Sector Account

"Current Pending Sector Count" is a critical S.M.A.R.T parameter which indicates the current count of unstable sectors on the drive waiting for remapping. This error usually shows up while running some hard drive test and repair software.

You may get different Current Pending Sector Account figures such as 1, 2, 8... 100, 200 etc. It doesn't matter. You may be interested in how serious this hard drive error is. Well, you can understand it by the following table's stats by comparison. 

Drive Status   SMART 5 SMART 187 SMART 188 SMART 197 SMART 198

Reallocated Sectors Count Reported Uncorrectable Errors Command   Timeout Current Pending Sector Count Uncorrectable Sector Count
Operational 1.1% 0.5% 4.8% 0.7% 0.3%

42.2% 43.5% 44.8% 43.1% 33.0%


Current Pending Sector Account. This is a critical parameter. Degradation of this parameter may indicate imminent drive failure. Urgent data recovery and hardware replacement are recommended.

Fix 'Current Pending Sector Account' Error

Of course, if you are not ready to abandon the sick hard drive, refer to SMART error fix automatically with free software for help. But if you've made up your mind to give up, take the correct procedures because you don't expect any data loss, right?

First. Recover data after bad sector remapping

As long as your hard drive (or perhaps it's an external USB flash drive) can still be normally recognized by Windows, do not wait anymore. Start immediately downloading EaseUS hard drive recovery software on your computer and rescue as much data as possible from it.

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you lost data, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select files to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, choose the files you want to recover. To locate the data faster, use the search bar or filter to search for specific files. To check a file, double-click the item to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

Second. Upgrade the failing hard drive

EaseUS Disk Copy is able to clone a hard drive with bad sectors to a new one, without losing important data as well. 


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Click the given link so you can learn a detailed guide about how to clone a hard drive (HDD/SSD) with bad sectors by using the disk copy software.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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