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isolating bad sectors

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by sdogg45, Apr 1, 2004.

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  1. sdogg45

    sdogg45 Thread Starter

    Apr 16, 2001
    i have an old laptop drive (fujitsu MHK2120AT) that im converting into an external USB drive and im under the impression that this drive has a few bad sectors. first of all, it wont complete a full format to NFTS and norton's disk doctor hangs at 70% when scanning the drive. funny though, i have used partiton magic to wipe the drive and scan for errors and although it found no errors, the problem still persists. i tried downloaded the disk disgnostics from the fujitsu website, but the programs doesnt support a usb drive. is there any way i can run the disgnostics on this drive?

    i have read somewhere (i think here, although i tried searching) that i can create a partition that will contain these bad sectors and keep them from corrupting my data. i have also seen aftermarket drives on ebay that claim the bad sectors are isolated. does anyone here know how to perfomr this task? is it even possible?

    thanks, steve.
  2. mobo


    Feb 23, 2003
    Use partition magic to make a partition under 70 % of the drives capacity then try to format it..
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