taking care of bad sectors... easy stuff. Was: Re: hard drive data recovery

From: Poesie <poesie_at_geocities.com>
Date: Tue Jul 14 20:06:12 1998

    well, I personally have never opened up a hard drive, if nothing else
because I've never had an extra to pop open (i'm too frugal. hehe.)

    Regardless, I have found the program "Spinrite" to work great on IDE
drives; it goes through and can fix bad sectors, or mark them totally
unusable. this really differs from standard formats/etc, because I've been
able to take drives w/ 30mb of bad sectors and get it to 0 bad sectors, and
still running fine w/ no problems after a year. i believe they are on
version 5, i got version 4 for about 20 bucks. This is kind of off-topic and
doesn't cover a whole lot of you out there, but when you buy a box of 100
drives that are all "bad", you can sometimes salvage quite a few of them.

Received on Tue Jul 14 1998 - 20:06:12 BST

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