[rescue] Bad Sectors

Patrick Giagnocavo patrick at zill.net
Fri Jan 19 20:59:23 CST 2007

On Jan 19, 2007, at 9:29 PM, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> self tests are only a small part of smart... it sounds like your just
> getting the
> driver 'power on' self test report... since they spin up and can see 
> the
> media
> they 'pass'.  You want to look at error count reports, and any 'event
> log' type
> data that might be in there.  Watch out for seek errors.... those spell
> trouble...
> (IMHO)

I had a 200GB WDC drive that was being monitored by the Linux 
"smartctl" tools.  It would report threshold changes ... every hour or 
so!  Yet it ran without losing data for many months, until I retired 
the server it was in.

I think that it would make sense to pay for the best IDE drive utility 
a person could find, if you are making a good/bad decision on 
potentially thousands of dollars worth of drives...


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