Re: hard drive problem

Re: hard drive problem


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Posted by Henry on January 05, 2002 at 16:04:38:

In Reply to: Re: hard drive problem posted by colin on January 04, 2002 at 18:32:04:

Colin, you are WRONG, AGAIN.

: IT IS FORMATTED UP TO WHERE IT MEETS A PROBLEM, WHICH IS WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW.

USELESS. We ALREADY KNEW where it ran into problems. Formatting aborted at about 4%.


: I TOO HAVE A CAPS BUTTON.

Just makes you look ignorant and childish, the way you used it.


For what it is worth:

The reason for running ANY HDD surface scanner is to mark bad spots BAD so the drive can be used without risking data loss due to storing data in defective areas. In the original poster's case, format hit an area that it could not format, most likely due to fairly severe physical damage to the disk surface in that vicinity. Scandisk MAY scan up to that point (I doubt it but I don't have a similarly bad disk to check your theory with), but certainly NOT BEYOND because it is not formatted beyond that point. That does not provide any new information and does not begin to accomplish the objective of marking bad spots BAD so the drive can be used.

SOME HDD maker's utilities will scan an unformatted HDD - and mark bad spots BAD or swap them for good ones. Scandisk (or even chkdsk) is useless if you can't complete the drive format and write the tables.

Henry


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