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

From: Max Eskin <maxeskin_at_hotmail.com>
Date: Wed Jul 15 11:27:37 1998

Spinrite is most famous for low-level formatting, which is only allowed
on old MFM drives, most IDE drives have a sticker that says "Do not
low-level format this drive". When I used a Model D with a hardcard, I
loved this program. I ran it twice a day because I had nothing else to
do :)

As for bad sectors, what's up with that? Why is it that sometimes a bad
sector will be marked bad, then I can format a drive and have it use
those 'bad sectors' just fine?
> well, I personally have never opened up a hard drive, if nothing
>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
>drives; it goes through and can fix bad sectors, or mark them totally
>unusable. this really differs from standard formats/etc, because I've
>able to take drives w/ 30mb of bad sectors and get it to 0 bad sectors,
>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
>drives that are all "bad", you can sometimes salvage quite a few of

Get Your Private, Free Email at http://www.hotmail.com
Received on Wed Jul 15 1998 - 11:27:37 BST

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:31:00 BST