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mathew chapman
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2001 - 6:45 am:   

I have tried to foramt a hard drive on a laptop, it now has bad sectors.
Is there any way of getting rid of these and formatting to relaod Windows 98 ??


V (Vera)
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2001 - 9:27 am:   

have you tried running scandisk?
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2001 - 10:33 am:   

go to ibm and download their utilities, i had a bad sector on my ibm drive, and ran the test, then ran the low level format which writes 0's to the drive. fdisk, then format again.

it works for more than just their drives. i tried it out on a fuji. it should be usable after you do this, and if it happens again, call tech support of the manufacturer, and if it's under warranty, get a new one.
matthew chapman
Posted on Monday, November 5, 2001 - 11:58 pm:   

Thanks Win

I downloaded the files yesterday, before I read your reply, ran the low level format, it did find and isolate the damaged sectors, formatted the drive and have now loaded Windows 98.

Well worth checking the HDD manufactureres site first for any disk errores I guess.
Adam Low
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2001 - 9:16 pm:   

Just a side note to low level formatting:

Some manufacturers would tell you not to do it, or there is no need for that. But yes, it is good to do a low level formatting just to find the bad sectors, or even eliminate them.

However, if you are getting more and more bad sectors the longer you use the computer, it is pretty much a signal that "Yes, the time is neigh". And as usual, the only operative word here is "backup!!!" And there is no need to worry if you find only one or two bad sectors, as it is a common thing with every hdd.


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