[rescue] Bad Sectors

Nick B. nick at pelagiris.org
Fri Jan 19 00:33:01 CST 2007

If you're seeing bad sectors on a modern IDE hard drive it's junk.  All modern
drives have a set of spare sectors to replace sectors as they go bad, and once
that list has filled up you're at the other end of the bathtub.
On Thu, Jan 18, 2007 at 09:14:01PM -0500, 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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