[ubuntu-uk] mbr

Barry Drake ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com
Sat Jan 28 20:14:17 UTC 2012

On 28/01/12 20:00, thegeeksquadron at ymail.com wrote:
> Just curious to know this, as I don't format disks too often, but does formatting a HD rid it of any bad sectors? I assume not, but I'm a tad perplexed!

AFAIK the bad sectors on SMART aware drives are re-located and won't be 
restored when formatting.  Ubuntu is SMART-aware and tells you when a 
drive is in danger of failing.  Windows lets it fail catastrophically 
unless you have installed a SMART monitor application.  A few relocated 
sectors is OK.  However, even these are an indication that the drive is 
on its way to the great drive home in the sky, so best replace it while 
you can still get an error free copy.

Regards,        Barry.

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