When you use the Crystal Disk Info tool to check hard drive health, you will receive the Current Pending Sector Count information if the hard drive is unhealthy.
Then what does the Current Pending Sector Count mean?
The information is a S.M.A.R.T parameter that shows the current count of the unstable sectors on your disk which should be remapped. The value data of the current pending sector may vary,as the actual situation can be different. It may shows as 1, 2, 100 or more. The larger the number is, the more unstable sectors the disk has.
And if these sectors are read successfully later, the Current Pending Sector Count will decrease and the reallocated Sector Count will increase.
When the Current Pending Sector Count increases, it means that drive failure is imminent. The Current Pending Sector Count is the prediction of reallocated sectors which can also be a strong indicator of dead of the hard drive.
If the number of Current Pending Sector Count of your hard drive is large, it indicates that your hard drive is imminent to fail. So, the first thing you need do is to keep the data on the hard drive safe. You can just use a professional backup software to back up files to them safe.
After ensuring the data on the hard disk is safe, you can go ahead to disable the error Current Pending Sector Count. In order to disable this error, you can try the following methods.
Run Chkdsk Command
In order to fix Current Pending Sector Count, you can try chkdsk command. The chkdsk utility is able to inspect all sectors on the hard drive for the read/write operations. When sectors don’t respond to the request by the scan, the chkdsk utility will mark them as bad sectors and get them reallocated. Hence, in order to disable Current Pending Sector Count, open Command Prompt as administrator and type the command chkdsk /r /f X: to continue.
When the process is finished, check your hard drive again and check whether the Current Pending Sector Count on your hard drive is declined.
Wipe the Disk
It is possible that the drive may misread the information on the sector count. In this situation, you can force the drive to re-read the pending sectors to lower the sector count value. Hence, you may need to full format or wipe the hard drive.
But before wiping the hard drive, please back up your data. To wipe the hard drive, you can choose the Windows built-in tool. Open Disk Management and select the drive you want to format. Then right-click it and choose Format to continue. Next, uncheck the option Perform a quick format. Then the disk erasing process will begin.
After the all steps are finished, check your hard drive again and check whether the value of Current Pending Sector Count is decreased.
Replace the Hard Drive
If your hard drive is under warranty, you can contact the manufacturer to replace the hard drive. If it is out of warranty, you can buy a new hard drive and replace it.
However, if the hard drive is already failed due to Current Pending Sector Count or bad sectors on hard drive and you don’t back up data before, what can you do? In this way, you can choose to recover data from the failed hard drive. To do that, you can utilize MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro Ultimate. For more detailed solution instructions, you can read the post: What to Do When Encountering Current Pending Sector Count?
In conclusion, this post has introduced what the Current Pending Sector Count is and how to decline the value of Current Pending Sector Count. So, no matter whether the hard drive is normal or not, please keeps a habit of data backup to avoid data loss.