More life from hard disk with bad sectors

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Ardent, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Ardent

    Ardent Guest

    Could be. Unfortunately :) all my large disks have no bad sectors to
    try with!
    I have tried this with other drives earlier and bad sectors remained
    bad :-(
    As I said the particular drive progressively developed the bad sectors
    during a period of three months - after doing what I did the disk is
    continuing to work for me for a little more than two years without
    developing any new bad sector.

    I posted my experiment as I am sure there are a lot of DOS aficionados
    using smaller disks and trying all sorts of things with hard disks, as
    frequently seen in posts here and elsewhere.

    Thanks for your comments

    Sandy Archer
    Ardent, Jul 29, 2004
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    Al Dykes Guest

    IMHO once I see bad blocks the disk gets yanked and replaced on any PC
    that's being used for business purposes. Life't too short to have
    unexpected total failures.

    Al Dykes, Jul 29, 2004
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  3. But you didn't do it with *this* drive, the one that you did the ex-
    periment on.
    Then either the drives didn't have bad sector management or they
    had exhausted their spare sector pool already.
    Yes, I read it the first time.
    Yes, but your experiment doesn't count for anything if you don't finish it
    an no hard conclusions can be drawn from it.

    The 'fact' that you think that you never touched the areas that you took
    out of use is no fact at all as drives heads patrol the surfaces in order
    to not heat-up the heads and platters tracks when idle.
    Folkert Rienstra, Jul 29, 2004
    Folkert Rienstra, Jul 29, 2004

    Sugdash the Mankball-launderer, Jul 29, 2004
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