On 11/27/2011 07:16 PM, pistolized wrote:
> Ive just scanned and attempted recovery of bad sectors on
> my Windows partition. No errors were found and the disk was
> in usable condition. Does this imply that only the windows partition
> was checked
if you checked the disk with any disk checking program running in
Windows then you can be sure that only the windows partions were
checked, because no Windows can even see any Linux partitions…to
Windows it just looks like confusing space that it can’t read and
> or that only openSUSE is detecting the errors?
you said the bad sector count came from SMART…read up on S.M.A.R.T.
<Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.> and you’ll know the info comes
not from Linux, but directly from the self-montoring electronics on
the disk itself!
so, i have no idea if the Windows software you ran has the ability to
see the same problems being seen by SMART, but i am sure it didn’t
check the Linux partitions and Linux didn’t say the disk has bad
sectors, instead the disk said that…
NOW: it is possible that SMART is in error and there are zero or very
few bad sectors…
also, it is possible that the disk had all of those bad spots the day it
was born, and none have gone bad since–which is why i ask about what
it had…or, in other words if you see more and more disk sectors being
reported as bad, you can be sure it is getting worse and it may
suddenly fail completely…
well, disk failure is not a matter of if but, rather when…your
disk will fail, my disks will fail–plan on it!
> Does this make
> it more likely the bad sectors are software based?
bad disk sectors are on the disk—not in software…
now, it is true that faulty software can/may/will report wrong data.
> I may just reinstall
> the OS now that data has been backed up, and see what happens.
waste of time…if the SMART software is reporting wrongly it will
report wrongly to every operating system software capable of reading the
data generated. (and, if you find a SMART client which runs in Windows
(rather than the scanning and defragmentation software included in
Windows) you should see exactly the same data being reported by SMART.
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