There is a very simple solution: Windows Disk Management.
This is included in every version of Windows to create/manage any partitions. There are absolutely no programs required or so.
1) Please open the file browser ("File Management") on the bottom and right click on "This PC" and select "Manage". In this window, you can see the Disk Management function.
2) Select the appropriate disk drive. You may need to initialize it (if it's empty) and after right click select "New Simple Volume". Then you can configure the partition properties, for example its size in MB.
3) In the Surface Test window of Hard Disk Sentinel (where the disk surface map displayed with lots of small squares) you can move the mouse over the problematic block to display its location. During mouse movement, you can watch the position (block number, sectors, MB position) on the bottom.
For example, you may see that the problematic block starts at MB: 1000000 - then you can configure a partition with the capacity up to this value (you may reduce it slightly to be safe).
Now you have one partition _before_ the problematic area. Now you can repeat the steps to create a small partition (eg. 1% disk space) which is located _on_ the problematic area (no need to format it of course, as it is not planned to use it).
Then you can repeat the steps to create a big partition _after_ this area. Then you can even delete the "center" partition to prevent its use completely by right click and select "Delete volume".
Please see the following image, showing the result:
This can be done in some seconds.
> Also, what would be the best way to try to repair that damaged red block?
> If the drive is empty and there is no need to restore or save any files, what would be the first thing to do?
> Reinitialize disk surface or Disk Repair option?
If the data already saved, then the Reinitialize disk surface
is the best way. The Disk Repair function designed to keep the data safe and attempt repairs - but the Reinitialize disk surface can be more effective and useful if the data already saved and the disk drive can be cleared.
To save time and you're sure about the problematic location (eg. block 5000) then you can do the following:
1) select Disk menu -> Surface test. Select the test type and the hard disk drive but before starting the test
2) select the Configuration tab. There you can enable the option Limit testing to specific data blocks
and can configure First block
and Last block
to be tested.
3) specify (for example) first block = 4990 , last block = 5010 just to be sure that a bigger area near the problematic sector(s) diagnosed too.
A side note: generally this repairing attempt is more important than the partition creation, so I'd attempt this kind of repairing - and only make the partition(s) described above in the rare case if the Reinitialize disk surface could not fix the problems.