wralphie at comcast.net
Wed Aug 18 14:32:10 UTC 2004
On Tue, 2004-08-17 at 12:52, Jack Howarth wrote:
> I noticed the following error from the promise-sata
> driver when attempting to write from a drive which I believe
> has bad blocks. This is the correct interpretation of this
> error message, correct?
> Current sda: sense key Medium Error
> Additional sense: Unrecovered read error-
> auto reallocate failed
> The Western Digital Model: WDC WD1200JD-00F Rev: 02.0
> drive is being tested with their drive utility now
> for a RMA.
> What is the conventional wisdom about drive
> recovery in such a situation? If the WD utility
> claims to have spared out the bad blocks would the
> drive be acceptable to use? My experience in recovering
> ide drives in such a manner hasn't been good. They
> eventually go south again.
Newer drive automatically replace bad sectors with spares that are
included on the drive.
If you are seeing bad sectors this means one of two issues.
1) A virus (not likely)
2) Drive failure.
If the drive is failing get your data off now (only allow the drive to
run - spin up - while removing data).
jludwig <wralphie at comcast.net>
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