Repair Error: Track 0 Bad Disk Unusable

Track 0 is the first sector of your hard disk that contains the MBR and a partition table. MBR, short for Master Boot Record contains information to boot your system and a partition table is a table containing information about the layout of the disk.

These details are extremely necessary for your computer to boot up and function normally. Because of this reason, any error related to Track 0 is pretty serious. In this article, we discuss one such error ‘Track 0 bad disk unusable’. The main reasons for this error, some ideas to troubleshoot and methods to recover data from disk with track 0 bad will be covered in this article.

About the error ‘Track 0 bad disk unusable’

Fix Track 0 Error

The error ‘Track 0 bad’ is normally seen when you try to format a drive and can occur on any storage device such as external hard drives, USB flash drives or SD cards. The main reason for this error is bad sectors on the respective storage device, especially in the Track 0 area. Or it can also occur if you try to format the device using an inappropriate file system.

Next, before we move onto the solutions to resolve this error, it is recommended that you recover data from the drive showing ‘Track 0 bad’. Yodot hard drive recovery is a great choice for this purpose. It can be used to recover data from corrupt hard drives, corrupt memory cards and corrupt USB’s.

The way Yodot works is, if it encounters bad sectors on the selected drive, it skips them and creates a disk image of the drive. This image can then be used to recover the required data.

How to resolve the error ‘Track 0 bad disk unusable’

Now that you’ve recovered data from the drive using Yodot hard drive recovery software, you can proceed with the troubleshooting steps to resolve the Track 0 bad error.

Solution 1: Try to format using a different file system

Formatting using an inappropriate file system is also known to cause ‘Track 0 bad error’. To rule out this issue, format the drive using a different file system. For instance, if you are using an SD card over 4GB; format it using the FAT32 file system. And for an external hard drive, NTFS is preferred unless you are going to use it with both Mac and Windows. Likewise, use an appropriate file system for the kind of storage device you are using, so there won’t be any issue.

Solution 2: Run CHKDSK

CHKDSK is a built-in utility that is used to fix corruption in drives. It is also capable of fixing bad sectors and attempt recovery from these sectors. In order to run CHKDSK, you can follow the below steps.

Run CMD to fix Track 0 Error

  • Click on Windows + X and select Command Prompt from the menu that opens
  • Then type ‘CHKDSK <your drive letter:> /R’

This CHKDSK command will attempt to fix both file system corruption issues and bad sectors on the drive. Wait for the CHKDSK to finish its process and repair errors on your drive. After the process completes, the Track 0 error should be fixed. However, if the error still persists, you may need to recover data as explained above and replace the drive.