Ok so here's the thing. Back in march, i bought myself a nice 80GB HDD (western digital caviar 7200rpm),
and a nice USB2.0 enclosure.
I bought it for backup purposes, should my primary disc fail ( yep, im a careful fellow )
Ironically to what i just said, i had a bad luck with my external... I dropped it. Yep. HDD, dropped.
And, you guessed it, got bad sectors now.
Fiddled with it alot back in may, tried formats, reformats, "disc repair utitlties", even tried a Low level format twice, but to no avail....
It kept crashing near the middle, which is where i have about 21 bad sectors. ( some scans say less, some more )
So here's my questions.
1- Is there anything i CAN do, to fix this?
2- To continue using it reliably, i partitionned it, 30 gigs at the beginning, 30 gigs at the end, leaving a 20 gig buffer in the middle, where the bad sectors are.
So, i'm no longer having disc write errors, and its working fine. But, can bad sectors spread? It's my understanding, ( or at least this is what a friend says ) that bad sectors can spread, because they can be magnetic variences in the drive, etc etc etc.
Also, is the drive likely to eventually grind to a screaching hault and crash..?
The way i figure it, there's nothing i can do to fix it, and it wont crash prematurely.. but i want to know what you think.