software for erasing bad sectors from pen drive

Jim Cornette fc-cornette at
Tue Jun 27 11:25:37 UTC 2006

Ankush Grover wrote:
> hey friends,
> Is there any software available on Linux which can erase or block bad
> sectors on pen drive and hard disk ?   I am using FC3.
> Thanks & Regards
> Ankush Grover

When you ar formatting the filesystem, issue the -c option to the 
command. If there are bad blocks, it will mark them so that they are not 

Reading the man and info pages will explain this better. The -c calls 
the badblocks program to check for bad blocks.


With the current ACPI code in my test boxes it seems to be no worse than
APM, unfortunately it would be hard to be worse.

	- Alan Cox on the ACPI mailing list

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