I recently replaced my hard drive, and Dell tech support had me do a "Quick" NTFS format when I was installing WinXP, so I just got around to doing a thorough Chkdsk as a follow-up. It reported 0 bad sectors (hooray). But in doing a little reading about Chkdsk, I was struck by this cheerful little entry from the Windows "Help and Support Center" (also available at Microsoft's website):
<hr>Bad sectors reported by chkdsk were marked as bad when your disk was first prepared for operation. They pose no danger.<hr>This surprised me, because if Bill had asked me to write this, my entry would have sounded more like this: "Bad sectors reported by chkdsk may mean your hard drive is failing. These sectors may have been marked as bad when your disk was first prepared for operation (in which case they pose no danger), but unless you know that for sure (and especially if you've had other signs of hard drive trouble), you should (1) back up your data, and (2) not wait too long before running another thorough chkdsk. If the 2nd chkdsk reports more bad sectors than the first one, (1) stay backed up, and (2) it is probably time to replace your hard drive."
Am I missing something? If Microsoft's entry is as big a howler as I think, and if one or more knowledgeable Loungers could reply to this post and confirm that, it might help prevent a future Lounger who's searching for posts on chkdsk and/or bad sectors from being misled.