Apple is held in high regard for a number of things: branding, design, innovation and security. All these apply to their entire line of products. What cannot be denied, however, is that there is no device that runs flawlessly.
Even Apple’s high-end computers—the desktop workstation Mac Pro and the laptop MacBook Pro—can still run into problems that plague every hard drive-based computer. This article aims to help in the repair of one specific problem: bad sectors.
What are bad sectors?
These are parts of the hard drive that cannot be read or written on for new data. The data stored in those sectors either vanished or got corrupted.
Bad sectors also contribute to major slowdown of the computer even in simple processes. They can spread if they are still used, eventually destroying the entire hard disk.
What are the causes of this problem?
Hard drives are fragile pieces of equipment. It cannot take much impact or stand in high temperatures without getting damaged. When the disk inside the drive touches the head due to shock, it can lead to problems. Power outages that occur during data writing can also be a cause. Bad sectors caused by physical damage are called hard bad sectors, and they cannot be repaired.
Another cause of bad sector is the parity bits that got corrupted by malware, resulting in the data not matching when the hard drive is trying to read them. This is called a soft bad sector and fortunately, it can be repaired.
What can be done?
Mac users can rest easy with the help of these five professional programs that can repair soft bad sectors, and help make their Macs run smoother than before.
1. Disk Tools Pro
This all-in-one software can defrag the Mac’s hard drive once it starts slowing down due to excessive use. It alerts the user if a drive is in imminent danger of failing, and it creates a backup of entire volumes for worst case scenarios. They also repair bad sectors, among many other things.
What makes this software convenient is its ability to schedule any of the abovementioned activities without having to boot the damaged volumes with a CD.
Price – $79.99
Developer – Macware
2. SpeedTools Utilities Pro
Detecting bad sectors and repairing them is easy with this compact and affordable software program. It can analyse how much of the hard disk is being used, which files are taking too much space, how much stress the Mac can take, and much more.
The easy-to-navigate interface has everything Mac users need to fix their hard drives. Users can also run multiple processes in different volumes to maximize the time used in Mac repair.
Price – $29.95
Developer – Intech Software Corporation
3. TechTool Pro 6
Recover files that have been lost due to corruption or unintentional deletion, create an emergency partition without using a physical DVD, and repair bad sectors even in solid-state drives.
The TechTool Protection feature gives users access to processes that the Mac runs on its own, giving them control on which data to backup in case of drive failure, how much space there is left in the drive, and which files have been deleted.
Price – $99.99
Developer – Micromat
Alsoft boasts of unparalleled data recovery with their patent-pending technology in DiskWarrior. Instead of rewriting recovered data on an old directory in a step-by-step process, an entirely new and flawless directory is created with all the lost files.
It can also automatically scan for any hardware issues to keep users up to date with the condition of their hard drives. If an issue is found, it will notify users so that they can back up their files before it is too late.
Price – $99.95
Developer – Alsoft
5. Drive Genius 3
Trusted by Apple’s very own tech support, “Genius Bar”, Drive Genius promises accessible and powerful drive utility tasks to fix and optimize Macs. This latest version is a 64-bit app, making it faster in all of its processes such as defragmentation, sector editing and data shredding.
The new DrivePulse feature checks the physical and digital status of the hard drives, while the Enhanced Repartition can resize partitions without having to delete them. Its Scan feature can detect bad sectors, let the hard drive “know” where that bad sector is, and move data onto a different sector.
Price – $99
Developer – Prosoft Engineering
Running into bad sectors on a Mac can be a frustrating experience especially when considering the stability of such computers, but it does not mean the end of their usefulness. Purchasing any of the aforementioned software can solve that seemingly irreparable problem, and they can even find a way to make the Macs faster and more secure.
Of course, it would be less expensive to simply keep the Mac from getting these problems in the first place. Here are a few tips:
- Place your computer in a sheltered place to keep it from getting hit or bumped.
- Ensure proper ventilation in the room to keep the hard disk from heating up.
- Make sure that enough voltage is provided to the Mac, especially when a lot of devices are connected to the power supply.
- Get a UPS (uninterruptable power supply), as it helps keep power surges and outages from damaging hard disks.
- Defrag the Mac at least every three months to keep data streamlined, so it wouldn’t have to work so hard locating files.
Author Bio: Jay Manangan is a part time writer and marketing consultant for Repair Labs. An industry-recognized specialist in Laptops, HD camcorder, Gaming Consoles, LG, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, iPhone and iPad accessories as well as iPad and Iphone Repair.