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#1 almagg

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Posted 05 June 2010 - 09:42 PM

I am using Western Digital Data LifeGuard diagnostics to zero out a HD.
I am getting a lot of Write Zero Errors.
The HD supposedly had some bad sectors and it was mentioned that sometimes zeroing out would help.

Since I am getting all these errors should I just give it up?
It is a 60G HD and has been zeroing for about 6 hrs.

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#2 Platypus

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Posted 06 June 2010 - 10:29 AM

Since I am getting all these errors should I just give it up?

I would suggest yes - I very much doubt if that drive could ever be expected to operate reliably. Once a drive is that bad, even if it eventually gets through and marks out all the bad sectors, it's almost certain the faulty areas will continue to grow, and new bad sectors will appear. I don't think it's worth trying to use such a drive.
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