Will Rickards

How to Reset Bad Sector Count?

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So my not even two months old Fujitsui MAU3036NP developed like 2MB of bad sectors (gradually growing). I rma'd it (have the box with me to ship back now). I used free software from http://www.partition-saving.com/ to image the bad drive and then restore onto the replacement. But the bad sector count came along with it. So I need to know how to reset this count. The drive is only partially partitioned to about 30GB with an NTFS filesystem. Running chkdsk /F /R did not reset it. Running chkdsk /p from the recovery console did not reset it. And fujitsu's scsi diagnostic tool doesn't even see my drive... completely useless piece of software that is.

So how do you reset the bad sector count for an NTFS partition?

Aside from the obvious format and reinstall.

I'm waiting on a copy of ghost 2003 and with that I know I can copy just the data from the partition and then reformat and copy just the data back. I think that will reset it.

I know it is a very small amount of space compared to the drive and I shouldn't even be concerned with it. But I am. I want the 0KB in bad sectors line in my chkdsk runs.

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These are logical bad sectors. You should use xcopy/c instead of imaging if the drive is not bootable. Ghost 8 is fine too.

Fuji Sdiag is pretty bad. I suspect you need ASPI.

You are better of using smartctl. <adapter> is usually 2:

smartctl -a scsi<adapter><ID>

smartctl -t short|long -C scsi<adapter><ID>

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=64297

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These are logical bad sectors. You should use xcopy/c instead of imaging if the drive is not bootable. Ghost 8 is fine too.

Fuji Sdiag is pretty bad. I suspect you need ASPI.

You are better of using smartctl. <adapter> is usually 2:

smartctl -a scsi<adapter><ID>

smartctl -t short|long -C scsi<adapter><ID>

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=64297

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The problem here is not that he has bad sectors on his shiny new drive. The problem is that after restoring an image of a drive that DID have bad sectors, the "good" sectors on the new drive are now marked bad due to the image containing the bad sector information.

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Try the Fujitsu HDD software from Hardware Secrets.

Please perform a backup before using, and use at your own risk.

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