Corin you just hit the nail on the head!
I was a little untrustworth of the drive at first but it seems happy (so far!)
Yes I wanted a complete surface scan but from what I have learnt about IDE drives recently is that they will only keep the bad block register within the operating system, once the operating system / filesystem is destroyed you may aswell move back to square one!
Which is perhaps why I have ran 4*9GB SCSI drives (chucked in the bin at work) on my main box for quite a while (nearly 3 years to be exact, maybe Mylex controllers just dont like any hard disks what so ever! it seems! (no further comment!) hehe ). My Adaptec 2940UwPro SCSI controller has spent many an hour finding "Drive Defects" - upon these drives and remaped them through the Adaptec BIOS/Firmware - And afterwards they perform perfectly! (Call me out dated but a i686 P700 and 28GB of storage is enough for me)
However it seems with IDE drives
That the bad blocks can only be remapped by software and or "an intelligent operation system"
Is this still true with newer IDE drives? I remember Compaq selling a large range of "SMART" IDE drives / controllers / BIOS - that did actually did detect errors on the IDE channel - but still refused to boot with a defective IDE drive.
Anyhows thread closed!
My next door neighbour is impressed with his new 10GB drive (thats 5 times bigger than his old 2Gb drive) and it seems to be working ok - or as well as a Windows proxy server could work! ( /me hopes NTL will not notice the RJ45 cable running from his bathroom window to the neighbours proxy server)
Cheers and thanks for the input folks!