I'm wondering if anyone can tell me the finer points of interpreting CHKDSK results... I have an old hard drive that I'm preparing to sell - have wiped it clean & reformatted - it's completely blank, no OS, no nuthin. Ran CHKDSK, trying to determine if it's 100% functional or there's any bad sectors etc., ran it from Windows Recovery Console with the /R option. Here's the reults:
149914620 kilobytes total disk space.
149844056 kilobytes are available.
4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
37478655 total allocation units on disk.
37461014 allocation units available on disk.
So my question is - is this normal for a completely blank hard drive? If I read it right, there's 70,564 kb of disk space unavailable for some reason - that's 69MB (sounds like a lot), or 0.05% of the total available disk space (sounds like not so much). I don't know if this is some sort of operating overhead space for the file system, or if it's bad sectors. And if it's the latter, well the drive is just over 2 years old - does that sound like a normal failure rate, or should I not sell it? (Don't wanna sell junk on eBay - have a pretty decent seller's reputation to protect :-)
Any insights appreciated!
Edited by kvon, 08 February 2011 - 07:33 PM.