[rescue] Bad Sectors
arb_npx42 at comcast.net
Sun Jan 21 13:32:03 CST 2007
On Sat, 20 Jan 2007 12:20:37 -0500, Charles Shannon Hendrix
<shannon at widomaker.com> wrote:
> Fri, 19 Jan 2007 @ 13:48 -0500, Aaron Finley said:
>> On 1/19/07, Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com> wrote:
>> > Fri, 19 Jan 2007 @ 01:53 -0500, Aaron Finley said:
>> > > The rest have been 200s, and three have been bad sector free. I am
>> > > using a disk inspection program that writes zeros to every single
>> > > and one drive had one bad sector. I am unsure, as per your advice,
>> > > whether I should trash the drive for one bad sector. I will run
>> > > seatools on that drive and see how it turns out.
>> > A SMART utility should give you some information as well.
>> SMART is saying the drives are happy and passing their self-tests even
>> when they have upwards of 300 bad sectors.
> What brand is the drive?
> SMART is supposed to track remapping space and other factors.
> SMART *is* broken on a lot of cheap drives and older drives though.
In particular, I've seen Seagate drives that show a "Seek Error Rate" and
"Raw Read error rate" value that is very positive, and the raw hex
register has 6 or 7 hex digits. My 120 GB 7200.7 (ST3120026A) is doing
that right now. On my 73 GB WD Raptor, all of the scary SMART fields are
Out of (founded) paranoia, I tend to retire a hard drive after two years
in my gaming system, relegating it to secondary duty. I even did that for
my 36 GB Raptor that I bought in January 2004; I retired it at the end of
2005. My storage drive was commissioned in May 2005, so its time is up;
I'm going to replace it with a 3ware 9650 RAID-1'ing two WD RE2 500 GB
As for my 12" PowerBook G4 that is going to be 2 years old in October
2007... I don't know, I guess backups will be enough considering what's on
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