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Old 08-12-2006, 06:07 AM   #1
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Question Linux install halted by Bad sector message

Hi, Ive been trying to shrink my windows partition to give linux more space, yet QtParted, and the SuSE Linux 10.1 installer tells me there is a bad sector on the windows NTFS partition. So i ran seatools to find it, and after locating it directed HDD regenerator to "repair" it which it did. To make sure it was fixed I ran a thorough seatools scan and it found no bad sectors. Hooray! Me thinks

Yet it appears that the volume is still flagged as having a bad sector from the last time I ran CHKDSK /R from the windows boot CD when I had the error as i get the same errors from the partitioners, so ran chkdsk /r in windows again, and SAME problem: bad sector, and ran chkdsk /rf from win boot cd and installer still finds bad sectors!

I would like to use ntfsresize --bad-sectors as a last resort, is there anything i can do to remove the bad sector flags, as windoze thinks there is a bed sector, or any Linux tools to performs an NTFS partition scan to stop the sector being flagged as bad?

Thanks in advance!
Old 08-12-2006, 09:38 AM   #2
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Try pointing your favorite browser at this google search, then start reading. There are many variations on the theme of "bad sectors".

For some of those variations, you would work from within xp. For others, you would need a Linux LiveCD, such as Knoppix, to carry out instructions.

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Old 08-13-2006, 02:13 AM   #3
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Talking worked... I think

thanks for the info, didn't realise it was that simple to resize around bad sectors - decided to give windoze the benefit of the doubt and resize around bad sectors, as even when i fooled ntfsresize into believing there were no bad sectors by adding return 0; to the start of the has_bad_sectors argument qtparted still found a bad sector.

so: (1) resized ntfs filesystem
(2) deleted partition with fdisk and after trial and error managed to get the file system to fit into a partition the same size

windoze boots now and i can give more space to linux, but since i repartitioned windoze has been really slow, i guess i should run chkdsk, but is this because of this bad sector problem?

how does a bad sector reduce performance if its at the end of a partition and has been marked as bad?


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