View HD bad sector map?


S

Steve Gould

In windows 98 you could run a surface scan and view the bad sector map. In
XP I have not found that option. Is it still available?
 
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Pavel

I do not recall any such utility that came with Win98. The Norton Utilities
was very popular in the days of Win98 and it had such a utility called
Norton Disk Doctor (NDD).
 
K

Ken Blake

In
Pavel said:
I do not recall any such utility that came with Win98. The
Norton
Utilities was very popular in the days of Win98 and it had such
a
utility called Norton Disk Doctor (NDD).

Norton Utilities is still available, is still very popular
(unfortunately) and still includes Disk Doctor.
 
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frodo

modern HD's map out bad sectors internally, without ever notifying the OS;
to view that info you'd need a diag tool from the HD maker. If the
drive supports SMART that info is in there, and a SMART tool (some
versions of norton) can display that info.

Once the HD's built-in reserve of spare sectors is used up it starts
reporting the read/write errors to XP, which then maps out the bad sectors
on its own; these are the bad sectors reported by chkdsk. If the HD gets
to this point it's pretty much doomed, and should be monitored closely and
replaced if the chkdsk bad sectors count continues to creep up.
 
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