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    Default how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    Sir I am having a segate harddisk of size 250GB which is old and contains many bad sectors. I want to use this disk as secondary storage in Linux. Currently I have installed OpenSuse 13.1 on another harddisk.

    Can you please suggest how to Format the damaged disk and use the disk efficiently without any errors in the future.
    Regards,
    Rupesh.

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    On 2013-12-02 04:06, rupeshforu3 wrote:
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    > Sir I am having a segate harddisk of size 250GB which is old and
    > contains many bad sectors. I want to use this disk as secondary storage
    > in Linux. Currently I have installed OpenSuse 13.1 on another harddisk.
    >
    > Can you please suggest how to Format the damaged disk and use the disk
    > efficiently without any errors in the future.


    Yes.

    Put it on the recycle bin, then go out and buy a new hard disk.

    (No, I'm not joking)

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    On Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:06:01 +0000, rupeshforu3 wrote:

    > Can you please suggest how to Format the damaged disk and use the disk
    > efficiently without any errors in the future.


    Don't use it if you expect it to not develop further problems in the
    future. Given its past, I wouldn't trust it.

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2013-12-02 04:06, rupeshforu3 wrote:
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    > Sir I am having a segate harddisk of size 250GB which is old and
    > contains many bad sectors. I want to use this disk as secondary storage
    > in Linux. Currently I have installed OpenSuse 13.1 on another harddisk.
    >
    > Can you please suggest how to Format the damaged disk and use the disk
    > efficiently without any errors in the future.


    Yes.

    Put it on the recycle bin, then go out and buy a new hard disk.

    (No, I'm not joking)

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    But before you do that, take a medium sized screwdriver and a hammer and make sure to force the screwdriver all the way through the drive. You might however before that save the controller card, they sometimes die and if you or a friend of your's one day end up with a dead drive of the same brand and model that controller card could become a lifesaver.
    I'm not joking either.

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:01 +0000, hank se wrote:

    > But before you do that, take a medium sized screwdriver and a hammer and
    > make sure to force the screwdriver all the way through the drive.


    Given that the goal is data destruction, I would point out that data was
    recovered from Columbia after it burned up in the atmosphere during re-
    entry.

    So driving a screwdriver through the drive isn't going to render the data
    unrecoverable, just a little more expensive to recover.

    Take it to a recycling center that grinds the drive down into dust -
    preferably while you watch. That's the "nuke it from orbit - it's the
    only way to be sure" option.

    Jim



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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:01 +0000, hank se wrote:

    > But before you do that, take a medium sized screwdriver and a hammer and
    > make sure to force the screwdriver all the way through the drive.


    Given that the goal is data destruction, I would point out that data was
    recovered from Columbia after it burned up in the atmosphere during re-
    entry.

    So driving a screwdriver through the drive isn't going to render the data
    unrecoverable, just a little more expensive to recover.

    Take it to a recycling center that grinds the drive down into dust -
    preferably while you watch. That's the "nuke it from orbit - it's the
    only way to be sure" option.

    Jim



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    Not just a little more expensive, very much more expensive. Of course if I need to protect my data from being read by NSA or KGB grinding it to dust might be a good option, on the other hand maybe they've got a backup of it.

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    On 2013-12-03 23:33, Jim Henderson wrote:
    > On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:01 +0000, hank se wrote:


    >
    > Take it to a recycling center that grinds the drive down into dust -
    > preferably while you watch. That's the "nuke it from orbit - it's the
    > only way to be sure" option.


    Nay. I'm sure that there will be a method to join the dust grains like
    in a jigsaw game, using a microscope and glue :-P


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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    Quote Originally Posted by hank_se View Post
    But before you do that, take a medium sized screwdriver and a hammer and make sure to force the screwdriver all the way through the drive.
    The main reason that I use encrypted partitions, is so that I won't have to bother with that step.
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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    Quote Originally Posted by robin_listas View Post
    On 2013-12-03 23:33, Jim Henderson wrote:
    > On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:01 +0000, hank se wrote:


    >
    > Take it to a recycling center that grinds the drive down into dust -
    > preferably while you watch. That's the "nuke it from orbit - it's the
    > only way to be sure" option.


    Nay. I'm sure that there will be a method to join the dust grains like
    in a jigsaw game, using a microscope and glue :-P
    Not after the dust is scattered in high wind.

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    Default Re: how to partition a harddisk containing bad sectors.

    On 2013-12-04 02:26, consused wrote:
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    > robin_listas;2605021 Wrote:
    >> On 2013-12-03 23:33, Jim Henderson wrote:
    >>> On Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:01 +0000, hank se wrote:

    >>
    >>>
    >>> Take it to a recycling center that grinds the drive down into dust -
    >>> preferably while you watch. That's the "nuke it from orbit - it's the
    >>> only way to be sure" option.

    >>
    >> Nay. I'm sure that there will be a method to join the dust grains like
    >> in a jigsaw game, using a microscope and glue :-P

    > Not after the dust is scattered in high wind.


    Ah, but then you will be fined for breaking the recycling laws and
    contaminating the environment :-P

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