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bad sector

[‚bad ′sek·tər]
(computer science)
An area of disk storage that does not record data reliably and therefore is not used.
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bad sector

A segment of disk storage that cannot be read or written because of a physical problem in the disk. Bad sectors on hard disks are marked by the operating system and bypassed. If data are recorded in a sector that becomes bad, file recovery software, and sometimes special hardware, must be used to restore it.
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These shadow sections show an important fact that in the process of RAID 5 recovery, if there appear any bad sectors, RAID 5 data will be half-baked and it may cause some data to be damaged, or severe damage to the system, depending on the location of "shadow sections".
Because RAID 6 can recover the lost data even when two hard disks are damaged, recovering the damaged hard disk will not be affected if there are bad sector(s) in other hard disk(s); however, if there are more than 2 bad sectors occurring in the same horizontal section, RAID 6 will meet same problem as RAID 5, but the potential is extremely low.
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Symptoms of a hard drive crash can include clicking noises, inaccessible data, bad sectors, logic board failures, firmware corruption, or the hard drive appearing empty to the operating system.
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