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Date:      Wed, 11 Oct 1995 11:16:54 +0930 (CST)
From:      Michael Smith <>
To: (Robert N Watson)
Subject:   Re: bad144 -- how to get a list of bad sectors > 126
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <> from "Robert N Watson" at Oct 10, 95 05:50:29 pm

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Robert N Watson stands accused of saying:
> speaking of bad144 -- is there any way to get a list of sectors above
> the 126 limit?  bad144 aborts after the first 126 without (apparently)
> writing the list, and won't tell me about any of the sectors over that
> limit, and badsect seems to require the list to be extracted from the
> disk in order to run.  My vendor is reluctant to replace my drive while
> I'm running FreeBSD because it is not a supported OS, so I'd rather just
> sacrifice 48k of my HD or something and have a working system than dump
> FreeBSD (I'll get a new drive at some point to add to the current setup,
> and will replace the old one then.)  Any help would be appreciated
> (reslicing isn't really an option at this point, as I'm running a pop
> mail server for a large numnber of people, a web site, and a name
> server.)

First : if your drive has more than 126 bad sectors as supplied, you
should be throwing it through your vendor's window, not politely asking
for a replacement.
If the drive is halfway decent, it probably also has bad sector forwarding,
so you may have several hundred more bad sectors than you think.

A drive with more than a few bad sectors is probably on the way out anyway,
so I wouldn't be trusting it to begin with.

If you _must_ use this drive, look at badsect(8) and see if you can pull 
things off with that.

>     Robert Watson ( * Double major: IDS/CS * H&SS

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