posted on Jun, 9 2021 @ 12:11 PM
originally posted by: DontTreadOnMe
a reply to: Encia22
Will that sealed off bad sector impact Windows Updates, it seems they still take forever----hours---to run on the desktop.
I have heard M$ doesn't really make the updates for HDs, so it just takes longer.
I don't think the marked bad sectors will have any impact on the speed of operation or updates. It is the equivalent of closing off a street in a
metropolis... traffic is just redirected elsewhere.
However, this very "bad" way M$ redirects traffic has always been its Achille's heal. From the inception of Windows 95, M$ has been very inefficient
in writing data to disk. It has to break up larger chunks of data to fit the sectors on the storage media. But, instead of writing in adjacent
sectors, it throws the data all over the place... giving the impression of speed.
The two problems here are: 1) an index (inventory) is kept to remember where all the pieces are when you want to recall and open the data or run a
program. If this index becomes corrupt then your data will still be there, but Windows won't find it and throw a fit, spit and lock up. 2) the further
apart the data is spread, the slower data recall is... slowing down your PC. This has always been a major problem on mechanical hard drives. I think
the effect will be much less noticeable in SSD drives.
All this is why M$ has always had the two utilities, scandisk (to find bad sectors to avoid) and Defragment or Drive Optimizer to clean up the bad
archiving job Windows should have done right from the start.
If you still have a normal hard disk, I suggest running scandisk and then Defragment. It could take a while, especially if the disk is a mess. Also,
it must have enough space to defrag as stuff is moved around and reorganised. It will warn you if there isn't enough space to proceed.
A bit more technical, but with a new hard drive and pen drives, I like to format it specifying the sector sizes. Smaller if I know the data to be
stored is text based, larger if the data will be images, videos, big programs, etc. This helps Windows organise itself better, less defragmentation
and less wasted space on disk.
edit on 9-6-2021 by Encia22 because: Just tinkering.