how do you resize a hard drive with bad sectors in such a way that only the "good" part is used?

The only way I could think of to do this would be to create a small partition and keep increasing the size while scanning it each time in chkdsk until I find a size that "hits" the bad sectors, but this would be incredibly time consuming so I want to know if there's a program out there that would partition the drive to it's maximum "bad sector-free" size and leave the rest of the drive's space unallocated.

Before anyone asks, this drive doesn't have any mission critical information on it, and I just want to make it somewhat usable for the hell of it, so I'm not concerned about data loss.

Serious answers from skilled computer users only, please.


I know, this is a difficult question to answer, but I'm hoping that someone on here knows.

2 Answers

  • Techno
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    It's actually quite easy☺

    Running Checkdisk (chkdsk) will mark bad sectors as unavailable, therefore stopping the system from using them...

    Click Start (then Run in XP) and type (in the search bar in Vista/Win 7)


    Hit Enter/Return, then type this in the command window

    chkdsk /r

    Hit Enter/Return, tap 'Y' then Enter/Return to run the scan at the next boot.

    Type EXIT and re-start.

    © arou42

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  • melody
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

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