How to Fix Bad Sectors on External Hard Drive - 3 ways

#1 - Remove bad sectors in external hdd in Windows 11/10/8/7 with error checking

Error-Checking, the first efficient way of removing bad blocks on external disk, is provided by Windows explorer for totally free of charge. It usually takes a few minutes to hours for repairing the bad blocks depending on the storage size of your external usb disk. (Usually 20 minutes for a 250GB portable usb disk.)

How to open it? => 'This PC' -> 'Right click hard drive' -> 'Properties'

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#2 - Fix bad sectors on external hard disk using cmd chkdsk

Command line Chkdsk is able to fix bad sectors with its command /r when r represents the word 'repair'.

Repair corrupted disk with chkdskChkdsk /f /r /x to repair disk

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More methods? Read this: how to repair bad sectors on hard drive [5 free ways]

#3 How to fix bad sectors on external hard drive MAC

Mac Disk Utilities is free for repairing external usb disks on MAC. Here are the steps to repair bad blocks on MAC.

  • Insert your external hard drive to MAC, open Disk utilities and load the removable disk on the utility automatically
  • Get your external drive selected on the left panel, and then click 'First Aid' -> Repair Disk, and then it would automatically start repairing bad blocks on your external hdd, ssd on MAC.

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More methods? Read this: how to repair bad sectors on hard drive [free ways] or how to repair usb drive MAC

This page also tells how to fix bad sectors in RAW external hard drive with all data back and perform a complete hard drive recovery.

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Users who have got damaged external hard drive that shows RAW:

"I bought an external hard drive several years ago, but recently the external hard drive changes to RAW file system when I plug it to my computer. I ran Error-checking tool to check the external hard drive and it says there are bad sectors on the external HDD. So I want to know how to fix bad sectors on my external hard drive without losing any data?"

"Is there any way to repair bad sectors when it leads my external hard drive to turn to RAW file system? I have some important data on this external hard drive, so I hope I can fix the bad sectors and access the external HDD normally to extract all inaccessible files. Can anybody tell me how to get deleted files back from USB hard drive?"

Data Recovery for RAW External Hard Drive

An external hard drive might contain bad sectors due to various reasons. If your external hard drive is inaccessible due to RAW file system caused by bad sectors, the first thing you can do is to keep the drive untouched from further changes.

Download read-only tool iCare Data Recovery Pro to restore data off the RAW drive.

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Step1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on your computer. Launch the software and choose a proper scan mode.

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Step2. Select the RAW external hard drive and wait the software to scan it for lost data.

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Step3. Preview the found files after scanning and then save the needed data to another drive.

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Also read: how to recover files from external hard drive raw file system

RAW Disks are always infected with hidden bad file system, bad blocks. Here are some users who have got such raw external hdd with logical errors.

"How do I fix RAW external hard drive to NTFS when it has bad sectors? I searched online that full format can check and repair bad sectors, but it will also delete all data after formatting. Is it possible to fix bad sectors on RAW external hard drive without formatting or deleting any data?"

"My external HDD shows RAW format asking to reformat when I connect it to a Windows PC. It seems that the file system of the external hard drive is corrupted due to bad sectors. How can I fix bad sectors in RAW external HDD with all data aback?"

freeAlso read -> how to fix drive raw file system

Usually, you can fix bad sectors for RAW external hard drive by formatting the external hdd. Format the external hard drive from RAW to NTFS will check, mark bad sectors on your portable hdd.

CHKDSK is another tool which has the ability to check error on an external hard drive, so you can run CHKDSK for error checking when external hard drive tunrs to RAW file system.

==>> Please see this page - CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives>>

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