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Recently I wiped my older Compaq Presario 1525us and reinstalled XP Pro which runs fine. I didn't create separate partitions at the onset thinking I'd do that later. Later I tried partitioning the drive/installing Ubuntu 8.10, the partitioning kept failing.
Ultimately, GPARTED provided the following error message:
ERROR: Hopelessly many bad sectors has been detected!
* WARNING: The disk has many bad sectors. This means physical damage on the disk surface caused by deterioration, manufacturing faults or other reason. We suggest to get a replacement disk as soon as possible. *
I realize that even if I were to successfully partition & install Ubuntu, further problems could arise due to the corrupt sectors.
Is there a temporary solution I can use to create the partition and hopefully familiarize myself/play around with Ubuntu while I look for a new HDD?
Also, while reading up on GPARTED I saw many references to NTFSPROGS. Does GPARTED come with it already or is it something a user is supposed to build/slipstream/install? If the latter, I've been unable to find proper reading material/figure out how to do that.
(1)Ubuntu 8.10 i386 Alternate ISO
(2)Ubuntu 8.10 i386 Desktop ISO
Both Alt & Dsktp would say:
The resize operation is impossible because of an unknown reason it is impossible to resize this partition.
Check /var/log/syslog or see virtual console 4 for details.
(3)Disable WinXP Paging File
(4)Disable WinXP Hibernation
(5)Defragment in Safe Mode (multiple times throughout)
(6)CHKDSK C:/f /r
(7)Ultimate Boot CD v4.1.1
Drive Fitness Test v4.09 (IBM/Hitachi)
Disposition Code: 0x70 (Corrupted Sector)
Salvation Scan & Restoration v3.0
Total Defects: 162
Total Sectors Counted: 78140160
Number of Retries: 1
Analyzing Sector: 9999
(8)Defrag & CHKDSK again
Not really, no. Once sectors start going on a drive, it is pretty much done for. You could try partitioning with a tool that isn't so advanced and may not check the drive for bad blocks (like fdisk), but really you won't get very far.
You would be better off running from a live CD to get yourself familiar with the system until the new drive arrives.