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Old 05-11-2002, 07:24 PM   #1
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bad sectors in windows partition


My HD is partitioned between windows (10GB) and Linux (remaining 10 or so).

I don't know if it could have anything to do with my probem, but I have recently re-installed windows 98 on the windows partition, and a while later, window's scandisk detected bad sectors near the end of the windows partition.

Could that have anything to do with re-installing windows, with the fact a linux partition begins very near to that point? or is it a physical problem?

What should one do with bad sectors? What do they mean?

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Old 05-12-2002, 08:21 AM   #2
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i dont know if it will be any help but i got this problem a while back when reinstalling windows nt onto a fat partition i made using linux fdisk. When it happened i had a lot of games on my hard disk and did not feel like losing them all so i just shut down and rebooted. When i restarted all my data was there and i have been using the same partition ever since. In essence i ignored the problem hoping it would go away, and it did, though i would not advise this. What you should do is remove windows and devote your entire hard drive to linux Bad sectors are not really much to worry about. I have a couple of old hard disks which are riddled with them. windows marks them as bad and so will not use them and they should cause you no trouble other than the small amount of space you will lose form not being able to use them. You may however lose the data thats on them, but there are programs (scandisk) which attempt to recover it.
 
  


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