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Subject: Re: new recorder 20, bad sectors
From: jobarjo (
Date: 2004-04-20

Jens Arnold wrote:

>You are right - a new hard drive should never have bad sectors
>*that are visible to the user*, that is from scandisk etc.
>*Every* hard drive, even if it is brand new, actually has a
>number of bad sectors, but these are mapped out internally by
>the drive controller. There are 2 internal defects lists: the
>"primary defects list" and the "grown defects list". Both lists
>can be read out and shown with some tools, at least with SCSI
If you have a portable PC you can put the archos hard drive in it, and
then run hard drive tools like low level format.

That's what I did, and it wiped all my bad sectors away.

try the ultimate boot cd at
It has different vendor tools.

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