Methods are provided for preventing data from being written to a data sector that has been identified as faulty on a disk in a disk drive system. It is first determined whether data of a data sector of a portion of a disk is recoverable. If the data is non-recoverable, an invalid logical ID is written to the logical block address (LBA) corresponding to the data sector thereby identifying the data sector as faulty and preventing data from being written at the data sector. The LBA is then reallocated to point to a different data sector if the data is non-recoverable. Thus, further data directed to the LBA will be written to the different data sector responsive to the reallocated LBA, thereby avoiding writing the new data to the data sector identified as faulty. Internal drive read re-tries can still take place on the faulty data sector even after the LBA has been assigned an invalid logical ID.