BAD BLOCKS please help

Mustafa Abbasi lordverminard at
Sun Jul 10 15:56:47 UTC 2005

i am downloading an .iso image from seagate.
but i was wondering does this fix the bad blocks or just ignore them.
i don't have extreamly valable data on the hdd. mainly downloads and stuff 
but i'd still rather they be safe.
if i do a low-level format will the data stored be safe or should i just 
leave the are with the bad blocks alone.
i managed to isolate that are and build partitions around it.
and then i used a lvm to join all the partitions into one large partition,
is this not better

On 7/10/05, Robbo <ml at> wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-07-10 at 15:15 +0300, ari.torhamo at wrote:
> > > It is more trouble then it is worth...
> > >
> > >
> > > Once drives start going bad..........
> >
> >
> > In my experience too when you start to get bad blocks they don't stop
> > coming. Little by little they spread out wider on the disk. If you have
> > critical data on your disk, you would certainly risk losing it.
> >
> All hard drives have bad blocks, just that the low-level formatting
> hides them from the OS.
> Mustafa; As well as doing what Stephen suggested, you could low-level
> format the drive (you will have to download the program from the hard
> disk makers, and make a backup of all the data on the drive).
> You can't stop hard disks degrading, but
> Make regular backups.
> Hot hard disks don't last long, check there not getting hot.
> Data/Uptime time important? Use Mirror/Raid.
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