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    Bad Sectors

    I just reformatted a 20 GB hard drive and the report said that there is 1.02 MB in bad sectors. Should I be concerned? This is a 4 year old hard drive. Had been running WIN ME and am thinking of upgrading to XP.

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    Re: Bad Sectors

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    I would be a little concerned with that many bad sectors on a 4 year old drive. Might be worthwhile to run chkdsk /r to see what comes out of it.
    If you have a boot disk around, it should have chkdsk on it.
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    Re: Bad Sectors

    I have a ME and a Win 98 boot disk. How do I type in the command?

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    Re: Bad Sectors

    You could simply try running SCANDISK from Windows first, using the options to move files from bad sectors. SCANDISK supposedly fixes a wider range of problems than CHKDSK.

    If you have an actual "Windows 98 Startup Disk" (not just any old bootable floppy) then it will generate a ramdrive when you boot from it. The drive letter will probably replace whatever your CD drive letter normally is. In any case, you'll see the message:

    "The diagnostic tools were successfully loaded to drive D:"
    or whatever letter the ramdrive becomes. Simply switch to that drive and run CHKDSK /? to see the options available.

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    Re: Bad Sectors

    I would try reformatting the disk again, and if it still has any more than a very few bad sectors, put it in the bin. It is not likely to "get better".
    The cost of a new disk is so much less than the hassle, agony and heartache you will experience if/when the unhealthy disk fails some time after you have put Valuable Data onto it...

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    Re: Bad Sectors

    I'd have to agree with John on this. If the drive is 4 years old and has already shown bad sectors on over 5% of the useful areea of the drive, I'd run it through a format again and if it still shows as many or, worse, more bad sectors, chuck it and get a new drive. They are so inexpensive today it's just not worth the risk and time to install to a failing hard drive. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Bad Sectors

    The drive is history. I reformatted it again and it shows even more bad sectors. Will get a new drive. Thanks for your input.

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    Re: Bad Sectors

    Too late to chime in but I will anyway - Smart move Trebor! Drives are cheap - and even if not, the data is likely more valuable - or the time needed to recover from a crashed system in manhours is at least. Not worth the risk.
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    Re: Bad Sectors

    Bill -- nice to see you read my post! And Doc's! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Bad Sectors

    Okay - just call me redundant.
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