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Formatting A Harddrive..


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#1 CheckNerd

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 02:21 PM

hiya peeps! I wanted to know if i could format a hard drive with bad sectors.. Is it possible?How?
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Posted 14 April 2008 - 04:43 PM

Every hard drive has bad sectors...formatting takes place in the ordinary, usual way.

Formatting (or anything else) does not "cure" bad sectors, it just works around them, just as chkdsk does.

When sufficient bad sectors become such a problem that routine hard drive operations are not possible, the drive should be considered unuseable, IMO.

Bad Sectors On Hard Drives - http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?art...1583&page=3

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 08:12 PM

i have had some success with a low level format. go to drive manufacturers web site and download their diagnostic tools. it will create bootable floppy . boot from floppy and re-write disk with 0's. read instructions carefully and make sure you have selected the right drive. it may take a few attempts to clear all bad sectors. remember the drive is wearing out so don't trust it with data you want to keep.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 08:55 AM

Thanks guys for the much needed help :thumbsup:
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