[rescue] Bad Sectors

Brian Howe bwhowe at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 21:59:10 CST 2007

I agree with Brock, and would add that there is a utility called spinright
at http://www.grc.com/intro.htm that you could possibly use to recover and
restore that lost sectors. I'm not affiliated with the product or the
company, but I have used it in the past with excellent results.


On 1/18/07, Brock Johnson <wildefire at brotay.net> wrote:
> Aaron Finley wrote:
> > I have received a number of 100+gb IDE hard drives, in various states
> > of operation.
> >
> > Some drives are testing with 100 or more bad sectors in the first five
> > minutes of a scan, so I am tossing them out.
> >
> > Other drives may have one or two over the entire range of the scan (up
> > to 200 GB).
> >
> > How many bad sectors is bad? Are *any* bad sectors found with a scan
> > justification for throwing out a drive? I understand that most drives
> > ship with bad sectors which have been remapped, so any sectors I find
> > with a scan are likkely to be new bad ones, pointing to imminent disk
> > failure.. ?
> >
> > I'm using Salvation Scan, freeware off of the Ultimate Boot Disk, if it
> matters.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Aaron Finley
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> If it's a lower-grade manufacturer (Maxtor and the budget model WD's
> spring to mind) I'd toss it. If the sectors marked as bad are in very
> close proximity, I'd toss it.
> As well, I'd recommend running the manufacturer's testing program
> against the drive. I would guess most of those programs have tricks in
> them for manipulating that manufacturer's drives that 3rd party tools
> can't do. (Seatools and PowerMax both seem to from what I've seen, with
> respect to remapping bad sectors at least)
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