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Bad sector woes :S

Postby kevingpo » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:49 pm

Dear all

I recently dropped my laptop from about chair/seat height. It hit the floor on it's side. Worried I quickly did scandisk and left it. When I came back it had already booted into linux and I forgot about the issue.

Q. How does one look back at previous or recent scandisk logs?

Today when I booted my laptop I noticed the performance very sluggish and not normal. I began to worry about my harddrive issue.

The results of scandisk partition was:

44765122 KB total disk space.
26495516 KB in 3332 files.
1788 KB in 518 indexes.
4 KB in bad sectors.
94818 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
18172996 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
11191280 total allocation units on disk.
4543249 allocation units available on disk.
Windows has finished checking the disk.

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Woah! 4KB in bad sectors. I guess the 4KB is unrecoverable. I wonder what files were sitting on top of those bad sectors.
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RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby kevingpo » Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:02 pm

How can one upgrade his e2fsck easily? Is there a RPM?
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RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby nelz » Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:41 pm

Use your distro's package manager, they all have options to check for and install updates.

You should also install and run smartmontools to perform a lower level diagnostic on the drive itself.
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Re: RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby kevingpo » Tue Jul 05, 2005 9:53 pm

nelz wrote:Use your distro's package manager, they all have options to check for and install updates.

You should also install and run smartmontools to perform a lower level diagnostic on the drive itself.


I did a

yum update e2fsprogs e2fsprogs-devel file gnutils nfs-utils

(I think one of these packages has the e2fsck update).

I don't see smartmontools in my distro list of applications. But please do point me to a RPM or something...
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RE: Re: RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby A-Wing » Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:09 pm

I am assuming a version of RedHat or Fedora, please state distro version and I can point you to an rpm. Alternatively use the advanced search in the following site to search for one:

http://rpm.pbone.net/
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RE: Re: RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby kevingpo » Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:09 pm

Also, is there any of these powerful unix utilities for scanning FAT32 or NTFS partitions?
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RE: Re: RE: Bad sector woes :S

Postby A-Wing » Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:17 pm

fsck.vfat (just running fsck should call this) should work for your fat32 partitions. I'm not sure about NTFS, maybe ntfsprogs has a tool. If there is one it certainly won't be able to repair NTFS due to NTFS writing not being stable in Linux (mainly due to Microshaft not releasing full specs)
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