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Is there a way to see if a HDD has physical errors, i.e. scratches, via a software. And is it possible to tell HDD to skip those sectors...

A hard disk with (a) scratch(es) on it is a very very broken drive, and likely will have a damaged head as well. chkdsk has an option to look for bad sectors. The drive should automatically ignore any bad sectors unless it has run out of spare sectors, in which case it can't. SpinRites SMART monitoring can show you the number of replaces sectors available and used on the drive. Don't know of any free software that does it. SpinRite will also check and attempt to repair bad sectors.

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