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BAD BLOCKS


There is a way to check for bad blocks on your hard drive in Linux and the command is even quite simple:

A quick check of only one partition: ( read-only mode )

CODE
# badblocks -v /dev/hda1


Note: A full 180 GB drive ( # badblocks -v /dev/hda ) takes about 45 minutes. Be sure not to use the partition you are checking.


A longer, more extended check of one partition ( non-destructive read-write mode )

CODE
# badblocks -n -v /dev/hda1



Note: The read-write check can best be done on a partition that is not mounted.


You can find more info about the badblocks command: "man badblocks"



Bruno


-- Nov 4 2004 ( Revised Dec 12 2005 ) --


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