i have the following problem. A few days ago I noticed that my external 1TB WD hard drive got extremely slow. Usually im at about 5-10MB/s, since yesterday its at 100 byte/s up to maximum 150kb/s. Googled for a bit, the answer in general was test your hard drive. Got a bad feeling about this, opened up the event manager, and the feeling got even worse. The drive has an entry about a bad sector every 10 seconds or so. Downloaded the WD utility, quick test wont run due to the error message at the end of the post, Extended Test cancels after about 6 hours with the message 08 - Too many bad sectors.
The strange thing about this, the hard drive works, I could access all files and folders, the drive is just extremely slow.
Is there any way to mask the bad sectors permanently so I can at least back up my data? The drives at ~650 GB and it would be terrible to lose all of it.
Thanks in advance and please dont give me the “Well, throw it away and buy a new one”.
EDIT: The drive passes SMART.
|Test Option:||QUICK TEST|
|Model Number:||WD 10EADS External|
|Unit Serial Number:||WCAV53482201|
|Test Error Code:||06-Quick Test on drive 2 did not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 97 (Unknown Test) SMART self-test did not complete on drive 2!|
20:01:31, January 20, 2013