Is bad boot sectored drive redeemable?

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pradhan

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I just replaced my system drive with a new drive. The old drive was clearly failing. It seemed obvious that the drive's system file allocations were all screwed up. You could hear the drive struggling to read those sectors. Sometimes it wouldn't boot. Often it would go through a half hour of re-allocating orphaned files, re-writing...etc....but eventually it would boot.

My question is, now that I have a new happy system drive, is the old drive redeemable for data at all? It never had a problem writing data, just booting. Save for at boot time, it runs silently. Chkdsk? Low level format? Can it still be safely used to store data or for backup?

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Pradhan
 

DoubleHelix

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No. The drive is shot. If you want to use it, you risk losing any data you put on it at any time.
 
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