You can do this by right-clicking on them in Explorer, choosing the Properties option, and then clicking Error-checking on the Tools page.Make sure the box labelled 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' is ticked.Twice this month I booted up my PC and encountered 'bad sector' faults.
Updating the ide drive
This is exactly the scenario I faced this month — replacing two PATA drives, containing four Windows partitions and a further six data partitions, with two new SATA drives.
Before retiring them I wanted all the PATA data transferred to the SATA models.
According to the spec sheet for my ST380013AS drives, they can run with an operating temperature of up to 60 degrees Centigrade (you can generally find safe operating temperatures on drive manufacturers' web sites).
In free space (outside my PC's case) they both settled after some hours at a steady 42 degrees Centigrade, and once mounted inside the sleeves this temperature didn't rise beyond 43 degrees.
Did you know that many modern hard drives let you monitor their temperature?
No, neither did I until recently, when Glenn Garrett of Quiet PC provided me with a link to a very useful utility that lets you display the current temperatures on your Taskbar.At first I was surprised by this, as I expected their temperature to rise considerably once confined, but this has not happened.However, I've mounted the sleeves at the bottom front of my PC's case, where they sit in the incoming cool airflow from the two front intake fans, which probably explains things.Since hard drives are comparatively cheap, but the data stored on them is generally far more valuable, I decided to buy a replacement drive.I took advantage of the situation to switch from two Parallel-connected Seagate Barracuda ATA drives to a pair of the faster Serial ATA (SATA) models.I'm certainly not complaining, as I don't now have to invest in new drive silencers.