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Oh Joy! I Have Bad Sectors!

Mortaaaaaaaal Kombaaaaaat! My money's on Sektor.

So my laptop started acting up this week and after I was unable to resolve the problem myself, I decided to take it in to the local repair shop. Well, they ran some diagnostics on it and it turns on my main hard drive is filled with bad sectors and is on the brink of death. Eugh. What a pain in the ass. I don't know about you guys, but having to reinstall everything on a computer is a major annoyance that I wouldn't wish upon anyone. I'm trying to look at the bright side here though; the computer itself is fine, it's just a $100 drive that's going bad which they'll replace and I have very recent backups of just about everything that's important to me. Sure am glad I invested in that external backup drive a while back. So yeah, at least I don't need to buy a completely new laptop or anything.

Still, I decided to blow off some steam since that shitty Seagate hard drive is causing me all this grief with its bad sectors 'n all. So rather than slam my laptop on the ground, I decided to make an animated gif to demonstrate what really happened to my drive.

Bad Sektor Wins. Flawless Victory. FATALITY!

That's right, it wasn't bad sectors it was Sektor from Mortal Kombat 3. I shall forever blame him for the destruction of my precious laptop drive. Bad Sektor! BAD!

(And yes, I did spend way too much time making that animation, but at least it prevented me from smashing my computer into a thousand shards. So yeah, I'll chalk that up as "being productive".)



Akuma_fer (Guest) on 06/16/2009 9:31 pm

Same thing happened to me just a few weeks back.

I had a 500 Gig Seagate "Barracuda" HD that died without any explanation.
It cost me 200 bucks to repair the drive and get all my stuff back.

Thing is Seagate is doing something definetly wrong these days. The repair guy told me the issue is well known by the company and it happens because they made a lousy firmware for the drive.

I bought a 1 Terabyte Toshiba HD now, I hope Sektor spares that one.

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Kat on 06/16/2009 10:23 pm

It's evident that animation must have taken you quite a long time.

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RationalDementia on 06/17/2009 1:27 am

Feel your ain, Rog. A couple of years ago I had my storage drive fail on me, loosing me about 45 gigs of MP3s. I managed to find about a third of the files on an old set of backup DVDs I'd burned, but stil had to re-purchase and download about 2,000 songs. That's why I now burn a full set of DVDs every six months.

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RationalDementia on 06/17/2009 1:28 am

And I feel your PAIN, not your AIN. I'm not sure what exactly an "AIN" is, but I don't think it's something that you should go around, willy nilly, feeling on.

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Coryjonc on 06/17/2009 2:14 am

I actually wipe my hard drive every couple months. I keep all the important stuff backed up, and I do big installations casually over the course of a few days. Seriously, RoG, a computer runs like new on a fresh, clean hard drive. Sektor might have been doing you favor.

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Doctor_Who on 06/17/2009 2:49 am

I also had a Seagate drive go kaput on me. I only bought it because it was the cheapest one of its size I could find, so I suppose I shouldn't complain.

Still a major pain in the ass to get all my stuff back, though.

Love the gif, by the way.

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rizzo on 06/17/2009 9:29 am

There are some major problems with newer Seagate HD's, but the 3.5" ones not laptop ones. It's not the Seagate, it's the fact that laptop HD's generally only last 3-5 years. They're exposed to a whole lot of heat and jostling that a desktop HD is not.

Nice animation though, I'm going to steal it for when a HD is pissing me off.

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Ronin S on 06/17/2009 10:31 am

I keep telling myself I need to get an external hard drive before this happens.


corpsecraft (Guest) on 06/17/2009 10:52 am

srsly? my laptop got stuck with bad sectors the same day you made this post. imagine that.

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Angryhydralisk on 06/17/2009 11:08 am

That gif was priceless. Especially the name SHITTY HARD DRIVE.

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Kamrom on 06/17/2009 11:09 am

My seagate drive's been just awful, barely works anymore


TonyTone (Guest) on 06/17/2009 2:00 pm

You might be on to something here! Like a "Where are they now?" segment. Who would have known after his time as a ruthless fighter in Mortal Kombat, Sektor now spends his days furiously destroying hard drives around the world! It would be interesting to see what other video game characters are up to latley.

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Dommin on 06/17/2009 4:04 pm

Laptop Hard Drives are the fucking spawn of satan. I've gone through FOUR within the last two years. FOUR. FOUR FUCKING HARD DRIVES. I've lost so much data it makes baby jesus shit himself.


ColdFusion (Guest) on 06/17/2009 6:10 pm

Hay guys is it too late to make a Johnny McCage / Baraka Obama joke?

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Julio on 06/17/2009 7:25 pm

What a disgusting event. Having a hard drive that suddenly goes ballistic is something I don't wish to anyone.

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Nick on 06/17/2009 8:25 pm

That guy was always a jerk.

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Dungeonbrownies on 06/17/2009 11:32 pm

Geeze, keep things healthy by making lots of backups, keeping things clean and all your info on actual hard drives de fragmented and maybe consider going to solid state drives which are a lil pricy and not all too huge but are immune to many problems that get at regular disk drives

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saturnknight on 06/18/2009 2:19 pm

I feel your pain RoG, I'm doing a course on computers and things, and a bad sector can cause a lot of trouble on a computer. I am glad to hear you have an external drive you've done backups on and saved your information on.
A good thing to mention is also that if you gt a new hard drive, the Technicians working on your laptop should be able to recover the data on your damaged drive to transfer the data over to your new hard drive.

Funny animation by the way


Fast_Eddy (Guest) on 06/18/2009 3:07 pm

Laptops aren't designed to be on all day and used as your main computer. They don't vent heat as well and components inside them breakdown faster.

Sure do look cool, though.

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Commanderraf on 06/18/2009 3:13 pm

Sorry to hear about the disk, but I'm happy I didn't hear it clicking to death, or I would have blacked out, pissed myself and wake up three days later without an eye.

Back in the good old days, I used to have all my important PC related stuff on a 3 1/4 floppy disk (I was a 5th grader back then, so I didn't have much... and they weren't that important).

That disk was kept alone in a floppy disk case inside a drawer, and was seldomly used.

But suddenly, one day, I wanted to see some images I had saved from the Microsoft Flight Simulator (I was a geek since then) and BAM, it was the first of many times I heard the floppy drive try to read a disk, and try, and try, and try.

Turns out that the floppy was ruined, although I had used it only like 5 times to copy text files and images. MS-DOS chkdsk's scan on the disk came as a cute wall of blocks that still haunt me to this day.

Oh, but that's not the end of the story. My mom had bought two huge boxes of floppies for my brother and I to use -the ruined one came from one of those- and it turns out that those floppies were as fickle as a cat in heat with hemorroids, so, back in the day before CDs, all our documents were kept -and loss- on around 40 bucks of Gauss brand 3 1/4 floppy disks.

Reading in Wikipedia about the Click of death and the Deskstar/Deathstar disk, now that I'm writing my thesis, I keep 5 back ups of the documents, 2 of them on line, so my experience with the loss of information has a small chance to repeat itself.


P.S.: Was it Cyrax or Sektor the one who had a fatality which threw little bombs and destroyed the Earth? I used to challenge my brothe's Kabal-fu strategy with that one and -even if everybody hates him- Stryker.

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Autrach Sejanoz on 06/18/2009 9:58 pm

Commanderraf, to answer your question, it was Cyrax.

RoG, sorry to hear about your hard drive, but it's nice to hear that you had recent backups.

Nice animation, too.


AIF (Guest) on 06/19/2009 1:46 pm

I'm another one. My 250 gig external hard-drive bit the bullet back in November. It was almost full, so I lost around 200 gigs of movies, music, tv shows, and what-have-you. I hate not being able to get my obscure electro and MST3K fix at all times.

The worst part is, back in November, we gave it to this computer repair guy to fix and have heard NOTHING on its progress. Just this morning he writes in to tell us he's been laid off, and he'll be giving us back the hard-drive unfixed. So powerfully lame.

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Mockery on 06/19/2009 2:57 pm

Well I've got an update, and it's a surprisingly good one. Not only did the repair place manage to save all the extra data from my drive, but they were able to clone the old drive all onto my new hard drive. What this means is I don't have to spend 2-3 days reinstalling all my software and getting it set up the way I like it. Huge relief.

Laptop is running fast as when I first bought it so I'm a happy camper. Hooray :O


DTRY (Guest) on 06/20/2009 2:57 pm


After all you're been through. this is the closest thing you can say you're "lucky." Bless anyone who invented the clone program, probably Norton.

(Must remember to buy a new laptop hard drive this year. Not sure which brand is it, but probably Seagate as well. And it's 3 years old now.)


IH8U (Guest) on 06/27/2009 11:27 pm

Just had to replace my Seagate drive after a whopping 2 YEARS of occasional use! I had all my shtuff backed up except for one folder of pics. I turned my computer on literally to back up those pics, when the hard drive decided at that moment that it was never going to work again! BASTARD! Went out and bought a 320 gig Western Digital drive and haven't had any problems with it so far. Still lost those damn pictures. I'm thinkin Seagate has some quality problems, or maybe they just like making a shitty product!


JC Douglas (Guest) on 04/06/2012 11:57 am

Hi Rog!

Well, That was sensibly funny!..oh! how long did it take you to finish that animated gif while you're bit annoyed.

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